At Gentry’s, a Certified Personal Trainer will be there to help you with your squat so that you will never want to skip leg day ever again.
What exactly will a Certified Personal Trainer do that will help improve your squat? Well aside from basic form corrections, he/she will provide you with ways to increase the depth of your squat and fix tight hips which may be limiting your range of motion.
By getting a deeper squat and loosening your hips, you will be able to get much more out of squatting. Contrary to belief, deep squatting does NOT have a negative impact on the knees. In order to squat deep many issues your Certified Personal Trainer must address. (such as hip, spine, and ankle mobility as well as core stabilization) Fixing these issues will help rid you of any aches and pains you may get from squatting.
A Certified Personal Trainer will be able to help you much more than I can, but here are a few tips that can help you increase the depth of your squat:
>>Core stabilization exercises- Doing core exercises such as planks will help you be able to squat better. Strengthening your core not only helps with the squat, but it also helps with numerous other exercises and movements.
>>Hip mobility exercises- We want to be able to loosen up those tight hip flexors as much as possible in order to get a deep squat. Doing exercises such as a lying knee to knee mobilization exercise will help loosen your hips. Strengthening your glutes also helps loosen those hip flexors. (exercises include back bridges, lunges, and hip thrusts) Strengthen those glutes now and you’ll be thanking me later.
>>Thoracic Spine mobility exercises- Doing squats with a lack of t-spine mobility is a sure-fire way to develop problems later. Doing an exercise such as a three point extension rotation exercise will help you increase your t-spine mobility. Increasing your mobility allows you to get into the proper squatting position.
>>Ankle mobility exercises-The ankle needs to be able to bend about 15 degrees towards our shin to able to attain a deep squat. A lack of this bend leads to an anterior weight shift among other things, which leads to poor form. A simple exercise to do is to get in a half kneel position and sort of lean forward to try and get your knee to go towards your toes.
Addressing these issues can help you get a deeper squat. Also, these are just a few of the exercises you can do. A Certified Personal Trainer can provide you with many more and help you do them correctly.
Here at Gentry’s, we want people to get fit in the safest way possible. That is why we have a Certified Personal Trainer help you with movements such as the squat to ensure that you are injury-free and able to do squats in the future. Never skip leg day again because of injury or discomfort. Go out there and get those thunder thighs you have always wanted!