Struggling with squats? You’re not alone.
It’s one of the most common exercises people have questions about.
I’ve been asked about it countless times throughout my career.
But don’t worry, after a recent chat with a friend; I’ve compiled some quick and easy tips that can be implemented in just a few minutes.
1. Your Squat Will Look Different from Others
Because our bodies are all unique, your squat will not look the same as someone else’s.
Factors like leg length and hip structure can affect your form.
Watch this great video from Squat University to determine which squat form suits your anatomy!
2. Protect Your Back by Bracing Your Abs the Right Way
Breathing and bracing your core are essential to keep your spine safe and stable.
When you do it right, you’ll feel your ribs expanding outwards (not your stomach) on both sides, creating pressure inside.
Here’s how to do it:
- Take a deep breath through your nose.
- Fill your lungs with air.
- Exhale through your mouth while squeezing your abs like bracing for a hit.
3. Slow Down Your Squats for Better Form
Moving too fast can cause a “power leak,” where you lose tension and power, breaking your squat technique.
Maintain a steady pace as you move up and down during squats.
Here’s how to do it: try counting to 3 or 4 as you lower yourself down, holding briefly at the bottom, and then counting to 3 or 4 as you push yourself back up.
This will help you keep muscle tension, improve your results, and protect your spine from injury.
4. Spice Up Your Squats for Better Movement
Don’t limit yourself to just one type of squat that only moves in one direction.
Our bodies are meant to move in different ways.
Try mixing things up with these functional squat variations:
- Split Squat
- Single Leg Squat
- Cossack Squat
Adding these moves to your workout routine can help you challenge your body in new ways and improve your balance and stability.
Let’s get started and make those squats look and feel great!
See you next week.