But there is a squat for you!!!
The squat is one of the fundamental human movements. We squat every time we sit up and down from a chair, the toilet, the car, the ground, pick up something from the floor… Not everyone trains it, and some train the squat and suffer from back pain or stiffness afterwards. If you want to learn more about the squat, this post may interest you. Read below why there is no universal perfect squat.
Lots of people look for the perfect squat technique. They try to imitate other people at the gym or social media, but there is not perfect squat. We all have different anatomy in our pelvis, hips and spine, and different levels of joint mobility in our ankles, hips and backs.
But there is a squat for you, your body and your training goals. Here are some tips of what to adjust next time you are training your squat:
- Feet position: neutral or turned out
- Squat stance: narrow, normal or sumo
- Bar position: high or low bar back squat, front squat or goblet squat.
- Heels elevated or barefoot
- Upright torso or lean forward and sit back
- Box squat
- Start from the bottom position (Rack squat)
Remember, that even if your bodyweight squat does not look 100%, you can still load it. Quite often your squat will look and feel better when you add the extra load. Just make sure that you start nice and slow, controlling the movement and progress increasing weight and speed.
There is a squat for everyone, you just need to find the one that suits your body and your goals.
If you have any doubts or are not sure of which squat you should be doing, come to the clinic where we can assess your squat, and the mobility of the different joints that influence the depth and feel of your squat.
Do you have any questions or doubts ? Please, do not hesitate to contact us via the CONTACT FORM or call the clinic and ask to talk to your osteopath.