For your lower body training, that stable foundation is a solid and robust bodyweight squat pattern. The trouble for many of us, for a whole host of reasons (too much time sitting being one – see here for related blog post on tight hamstrings) is that we have dysfunctional squat mechanics which can potentially lead to a number of different issues. Things like poor hip and knee stability can affect running mechanics and efficiency as well as reduce strength and force output, or in the worst cases cause pain or even injury in the lower extremities.
What’s really interesting is that as children (which Tim is seeing first hand with his little boy Jack) we all had this movement capacity to squat from a young age, without any training and any real practise. But the big old world of being a ‘big boy’ means that adulthood has ‘de-trained’ us to some degree, and its time to get that squat back!
So fixing your squat pattern and making sure you have the correct squat technique, squat mechanics, and movement patterns in place is key. Having good quality movement patterns allows you the freedom to move pain free and efficiently, and to develop any strength you like on top of that stable foundation.
Fixing your squat is essential in a successful lower body training programme, and we want to help you with it. The video below outlines how to assess your squat movement and position from a few different angles so you can check how you’re moving.
I hope you enjoyed this video and found it helpful in assessing your squat movement and mechanics. If you need some help in correcting that movement, it’s possibe that your hips and ankles are a little restricted and tight, and/or you need to build more stability and strength around the hips, knee, and ankle. Our lower body classroom within the Virtual Classroom has a full course to follow with a series of video tutorials and training programme to help you fix your squat.
See the full course content of the lower body classroom (here). As a member, you get access to every classroom, course, workout, challenge, and webinar, as well as becoming part of the supportive community working together to help each other redefine your impossible, whatever that might be – click here.