Coach's Corner with Trey Hodge - Squats | PerforMax Labs
The squat is a very dynamic movement when the proper technique is implemented. One major factor I look for most in a squat is the individual’s structure based on their view.
When we view a squat, we have to view all the connective points such as the lower spine, hips, knees and ankles (including plantar surface of the foot). All of these connective points are very important when viewing the mechanics. I do like to review the form of all my clients in this movement to be sure this would be beneficial for them in a long term routine.
As we see in the video, I have Ryan perform a squat in a way that feels correct to him. My focus is on feet placement, direction of knee flexion, and the arch in his lower back with hips to keep in proper alignment.
The first stance Ryan performed a squat it limited his hip mobility and also caused his heels to lift from the floor. This showed me he does have a lack of hip mobility that places more stress on his knees and ends with his heels wanting to elevate. We then widened his stance and positioned his toes externally to allow his hips to open up more, displacing the load from his lower spine. This mobility also allowed his heels to stay planted which gave him more of a heel drive. Finding a stance that fit his structure the best allowed for a safer performance of the squat.
When we can find this ideal squatting form for an individual, then I do like incorporating the squat exercise into a workout. If there are issues with the form or issues that effect any functional parts, then I would prefer to leave the squat out of a routine.
Does this mean I can’t develop amazing legs now without squatting? The answer is no. We can still can develop an amazing lower body without a squat, and we can operate on a higher level without causing injury. Ideally, we always want to operate at the highest level for our physique, but at the same time, we should still perform every exercise safely.