For many lifters, the barbell squat feels unnatural and nearly impossible to master. Believe it or not, you can fix your squat form by avoiding these two common mistakes.
Mistake 1 – Loose upper back and arms.
When your arms and upper back are loose, they will have a tendency to fly up as you grow fatigued and the reps mount. When this occurs, a lifter will naturally start to lean more forward and good morning their squat reps. The result will be added pressure and strain on the lower back.
Mistake 2 – Squatting knees in.
Many magazines and websites show pictures of squats with a lifter keeping their knees forward. This is incorrect form, and makes it hard to reach depth. To get your knees in the correct position, pretend there is a quarter on the ground at your feet. Squat down to grab the quarter, reaching with both arms in between your knees. When you do this your knees will naturally open. This is how you want to squat.
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