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Knee Stability

Squat Form Deconstructed Part 4 – Knee Stability

Now that you’re an expert on how knee mobility affects squat form (you did read this already, right?), let’s dig into stability at the knee joint. Since the muscles that cross the knee joint primarily exert force in only one plane of motion (the sagittal plane), the side-to-side (a.k.a. medial/lateral) stability must come from the […]

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Squat Form Knee Mobility

Squat Form Deconstructed Part 3 – Knee Mobility

This installment in the Squat Form Series will focus on mobility at the knee joint. Squatting with good form requires mobility into both flexion (bending) and extension (straightening) at the knee joint. In this article, I will describe the anatomy of the knee joint, the biomechanics as they relate to squat form, common limitations to

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Ankle Joint

Squat Form Deconstructed Part 2 – Ankle Mobility

Starting from the ground up, this installment in the Squat Form series will focus on the ankle. In order to squat well, you must have adequate mobility and stability at the ankle to create a stable base to work from. Lots of people I see who have trouble squatting lack these necessary prerequisites at the

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Squat Form Deconstructed Part 1 – Overview of the Squat

Squats have long been a staple in the strength and conditioning world. They are a core component of training programs for both novice lifters and competitive athletes. Despite how ubiquitous the squat is, most people lack a deep understanding of everything involved in the movement pattern and what it takes to have good squat form.

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