Filed Under (General) by Rick Kaselj
Hey, I hope you are having a great day!
Something cool happened yesterday. I got my dog on his first boat ride. You can see him right here…
He enjoyed the experience but he would have enjoyed more if he went for a swim as he is a water dog. We also got him a life jacket.
Now today, I have a quick fix for the overhead squat for you.
Enjoy the article and video below!
In today’s video, I wanted to go through the #1 muscle you need to fix in order to improve your squat.
#1 Muscle You Need to Fix In Order to Improve Your Overhead Squat
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This number one muscle is called the hip flexors. These are the muscles that comprise the front of your hip and thigh. When they are shortened or tightened, they will have a big effect on your squat.
#1 – Shifts weight on your toes
If you have tight hip flexors, your hip flexors will shorten up and they will shift your weight more forward and more on to your toes. This shifting on to your mid foot and toes puts greater stress on the knees. So if the hip flexors are loosen up, you are able to put more weight on your mid-foot and heel which allows your bigger muscles like hamstring and glutes to help you out when squatting.
#2 – Squat depth
Your hip flexors affects how deep you can go when squatting. If you are not able to go very deep when performing a squat, you are relying more on your quadriceps which put greater stress on your knees. If you can get deeper in your squat, then you are able to use your glutes and your hamstring to get you out of the squat position.
#3 – Tilts the pelvis forward
If your hip flexors are tightening up, it tilts your pelvis forward. The tilting of the pelvis forward decreases the room for hip flexion. This will affect how far deep you can squat because you might get pinching or the amount of range of motion that you can do in your squat is affected.
So there you go! If you have any issues when squatting, take a look your hip flexors and check out the three reasons why those tight hip flexors can affect your squat.
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Rick Kaselj, MS