Fitness for Hunters - Step One: Get Your Squat Right

When I'm working with a new client, I typically start by assessing their squat pattern. I don't check to see how much weight they can lift or how many reps they can do. Instead, I check to see if they can perform a proper squat.

Most people assume that they are squatting properly. In reality, most people are physically unable to perform a proper squat. In fact, I'd estimate that over 90% of clients that I've worked with were unable to perform a squat with proper technique on the first day that I worked with them. This includes people with incredible athletic abilities. Just because you can squat a lot of weight, doesn't mean you are doing it right.

I know what you're thinking, I've been doing it this way for years and it hasn't killed me yet. Why should I change now?

Just because it hasn't killed you yet, doesn't mean that it isn't causing a muscular imbalance that is causing pain or will cause pain in the future. If you have knee or back pain, the first step to recovery is fixing your movement patterns. The squat is one of the most basic movement patterns meaning that it should be addressed early.

In this video, I'll go over the most common squat mistakes and supply you with some corrective exercise to fix them. 

 

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