Optimize Your Squat With These 10 Cues
Here are the top 10 squatting cues from our trainers
- Feet just at shoulder with apart to allow proper depth for the squat.
- Keep your hands close and not too far across the bar. This helps to keep your chest up and body straight.
- Pull your shoulder blades back and contract your core to maintain neutral spine.
- Always make sure the plates are clipped in so there is no wobble to throw off your balance.
- Inhale the breath and maintain intra thoracic pressure to help keep your core tight during the squat.
- Abduct and external rotate the legs in order to ensure the gluteal muscles are acting as the prime mover in the exercise.
- Keep your eyes focused forward, perhaps on a specific spot which will help to maintain proper position.
- Ensure your weight is back in the squat, and that the pressure is maintained across your mid foot.
- Drive the knees outward as you come up from the squat, and do not let your legs come inward.
- Lift with intensity and do not lift too slowly; ensure you are gaining power as well as strength.