Improving the Squat

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The Squat, if performed correctly will improve strength, speed, power, muscle mass and mobility.

The key is breaking down the squat, really understanding the movement and practice!!! Start from the bottom and work your way up to each progression once you understand the motor pattern.

Strength is a skill and we need to practice the correct movement – frequently! Barbell Back Squats and Front Squats require a lot of mobility, control and skill.

These two movements will help us to break down the movement pattern.

Two Progressions;

·         Bottom up Box Squat, this will help to learn to drive the force through the feet as we stand.

·         Goblet Squats- The weight is in front, this will help to keep us more upright as we descend.

Learning to breath and brace during a squat can help align the pelvis and rib cage and improve stability and core engagement.

Poor mobility during the squat can affect the positioning, depth and control. Common mobility issues that are seen are in the ankles, hips and thoracic spine. Remember, squatting is a skill that takes time and practice. Focus on not rushing the process and progressing when ready.

Technique before load always!!!!

Love the Lissome Team XO

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