I have a short new video for you today, regarding a new, more ideal, setup for when you are about to do some squattin’.
For years, you may have heard the typical instructions for how to do a “proper” squat.
Something that sounded like this:
“OK, now put your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed straight ahead.”
Lately, I’ve learned that that may not be ideal for everyone, so I’m going to educate you today on how to go about setting up for a squat that is right for YOU.
See, recently I’ve been studying about the individual differences in hip/pelvis structures. We have hips that are built different, from birth, that affect how we move and exercise.
And these differences aren’t just from person to person, but also from left to right sides.
For example, a single person can have a shallow, retroverted (points towards your rear) hip on the left side, and a deeper, anteverted (points forward) joint on the right side.
I find this fascinating, don’t you?? No?
OK, maybe I’m just a nerd.
Anyhow, these structural differences can explain why some people are able to flex their hips a ton (think knees up to the chest) but can’t extend their leg behind their body. Others may be the opposite; they can’t bring their knees past their hips when standing.
And this is where I had a lightbulb moment.
Think about it: if your hips are structurally asymmetric, does it sound ideal to go against that structure and try to force a symmetric setup?
...Feet shoulder width apart, toes pointed straight ahead...
Which brings us to today’s video. In the vid, I’ll show you how you may want to consider changing your setup when you perform squats in the your workouts.
Whether you’re doing simple bodyweight squats or loaded up barbell back squats.
If your knees bother you when squatting, this may save you from lots of discomfort and wear and tear on areas of your body that don’t need to be worn and torn.
Check it out here and see the different way to set yourself up for a pain-free squat:
You’ll find you get more range of motion, with less pain, when you try this setup.
Just disregard my pale legs :)
Try it out, and comment below about how it felt for YOU.
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