Cassie is a personal trainer at Kambeitz Chiropractic and in this video discusses the proper squat technique.
Many of our patients come in thinking that they can’t do a squat because they have knee and low back pain. Squats are the perfect exercise for strengthening these problem areas. One key thing to remember is always work out in a pain free range of motion. If you have to shorten your range of motion due to pain, that is totally fine.
Many people squat incorrectly by leading with their knees which causes their heels to start coming up mid-squat. When you lead with your knees you are putting a longitudinal force on your knees.
Another common form mistake is allowing your knees to come in while squatting. This is caused by a core weakness and really tight IT bands. Any of us at Kambeitz Chiropractic can help you foam roll your IT bands and stretch.
Here are some things to look for in a good squat:
- Stand with your feet hip width apart, and your toes in line
- When you squat you always want to lead with your butt. Squeeze your cheeks and get your glutes will be engaged.
- Sit back a bit, to keep your balance across your entire foot, keeping your heels on the ground.
- Make sure that your ankles and knees stay in line.
- Squat down as far as you can come down and then stand back up.
- Again you want to make sure your heels aren’t coming up off the ground, and that your knees aren’t coming in.
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