Proper Squat Technique

by Jason Anderson |   Date Released : 21 Jun 2006
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Jason Anderson

About the author: Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson has dedicated his life to exercise development, with over 20 years of experience in the gym. Jason spent five years working for Premier Training International as Programme Manager for the Fitness Trainer Award and Advanced Personal Training qualifications. He was the inspiration behind Premier’s Personal Training Solutions department and the designer of their revolutionary WEB and flexibility training systems. Jason presents his concepts and principles at the top fitness conventions in the UK (Fitpro, Loughborough and Multitrax UK, Heathrow) and also at numerous club chains around the world. He is also a fitness expert, exercise model and regular contributor for Men’s Fitness and other industry publications. Jason specializes in postural correction, movement dysfunction, joint and back pain, injury rehabilitation and performance conditioning. He currently operates from the Amida Club in Hampton, Twickenham (FIA Fitness Club of the Year 2005), where he runs his successful personal training business and acts as PT Manager for One on One Fitness LTD.

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Raymond, Christopher | 16 Jan 2012, 21:18 PM

Jason, Under your "Summary" I noted the following:
"What we can say is, the more upright we are in the squat, the more stress is placed onto the knees."

I do squats twice weekly and my knees have been bothering me. I've changed my stance (much wider with loads concentrated at the rear of the feet, below ankle) but your summary statement got me thinking.

What if I were to place my feet forward (I use a Smith Machine for squats)? Say, 12 inches or something similar where I'm leaning backwards slightly.


Huffman, Matthew | 09 Mar 2010, 14:48 PM

if you consistantly put a block under someones heels then it will create a compensation pattern just like anything else. you might as well have them work out in heels.

try to do some corrective exercise and flexibility work instead of just going for the quick fix. Stretching the Lateral Gastroc. and strengthening the peroneals is all you need.

if you must put a block under the heels then reduce the size of the block gradually as you work more flexibility into the routine.

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