3 ways to automatically improve your squat
You can fix ALL of these problems by following these 3 mental/physical ques every time you squat. And yes, these ques apply regardless of what variation of the squat you are using.
#1 Hips MUST drop back first
#2 Push your knees out hard!
By pushing your knees out as hard as you can this allows the hips to open up and forces your glutes to activate, taking the load away from your lower back preventing back pain. Also by pushing your knees out this will prevent any caving in of the knees on the way up, allowing you to produce more power and force to drive the weight back up from the bottom of the squat.
#3 Spread the floor with you feet
The powerhouse of the lower body is the glutes, which means the more you can activate them when squatting, deadlifting etc the more your performance will improve and chance of injury will decrease. When setting up in your stance for a squat whether it’s a narrow or wide stance you want to imagine you are spreading the floor with your feet. I always think to myself “Big toe, little toe, heel”, this gives me a reference of where my weight is being distributed and then I think about spreading the floor out to the side with my feet which really fires up the glutes!
Give these 3 tips a go next time you squat and let me know if you feel a difference in the way you perform and recover from the session!