3 Reasons Why Tight Hip Flexors Affects Your Squat

3 Reasons Why Tight Hip Flexors Affects Your Squat

Hey, I hope you are having a great day!

We are finally above freezing in Kelowna and things are warming up. So, it is time for this year’s first swim….


My 12-year old chocolate lab loves to swim. He hasn’t been able to swim for the last 5-6 months so he’s very excited to jump to the lake and play sticks.

Now today, I have a quick fix for the overhead squat for you.



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 – Shift weight onto your toes

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. The shifting of 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

Squat depth

The hip flexors affects how deep one 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 – Tilt 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 deep you can squat due to pinching or decreased range of motion.

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.

Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS

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