Squat clinic round up and dates for our next one
We held our first squat clinic in January and had a great turn out with people attending predominantly from Lift Off Crossfit and Crossfit Cambridgeshire. These guys really wanted a better understanding as to how they could improve their squat and therefore gain the most benefits from it. The squat is such a vital movement that needs to be performed well to reduce your injury risk and maximise your performance. It carries over into anything from standing up from the toilet seat to jumping up to catch a ball. The squat is king. Learn how to squat well with sound mechanics, train this consistently and then add some intensity through extra load and you will reap the rewards.
We completely broke down the squat and its mechanics needed for perfection. One of the main points we focused on was motor control retraining.
***FREE TIP*** Motor control retraining
We did this to work at correcting movement impairments during the squat by re-educating muscle recruitment. Rep after rep was carried out by doing an air squat, then a goblet squat and then finally using a barbell to squat to programme a good squat movement pattern.
‘If it’s worthwhile then do it everyday’.
It allowed us to correct and teach specific areas and what we should be feeling/using at specific points.
So if you are keen to squat better, why don’t you start by performing 50 slow reps per day, broken into as many sets as you would like.
The main points we would like you to consider:
– Feet shoulder width
– Toes facing where you would like them to face so long as they sit at between the 10am and 12pm point
– Hips go back as they descend
– Keep your knees inline with your toes
– Keep your chest up
– Go as deep as your range of motion will allow, so long as you don’t flex your lower spine
If you want to have a read into this with a bit more info, we previously wrote about the importance of correct squat mechanics. Click here to have a read
We are also very pleased to announce our next workshop will be held at CrossFit Cambridgeshire on Sunday May 28th, 13:00 – 16:00. So if you want to learn how to squat better, what your limitations might be and how to fix them, then head on over to our page to sign up.
If you are still unsure as to whether you should attend then have a read of some of our squat clinic student’s testimonials.
Craig clearly knows his stuff. I’ve been lifting for over 7 years now, but it was great to see his dissection of the squat. By the end of the workshop, everyone who attended was moving more efficiently. Highly recommended.
I really recommend this workshop…did it about 3 months ago and my squat technique was far from perfect…this gave me extreme awareness of what the essentials of squatting are and what my limitations were and how to work on them.
Also taught me the comfort position I should stick with…so very useful to learn to ignore those tips/suggestions that come from everywhere when you’re training.
On a side note, within this period my back squat went from 95 to 115 kg….still not awesome weight but good improvement for 2-3 months.
At our Squat Therapy Workshop, you will learn
What contributes to the perfect squat
Advantages of maximising a heavy squat
What a good squat feels like
Common problems and limitations
Why these deficits reduce efficiency of the squat
How to build the perfect squat
To book onto our next workshop click here