How Should I Start Squatting?

The Start of Your Squat Journey.

Undoubtedly one of the most important movements you can put in any training plan is the squat. Its a great exercise that can be used for a multitude of different reasons from mobility to strength to power. But you maybe new to the gym and the thought of standing in that big metal rack is intimidating. So what do you do?

Seek the help of a professional.

That doesn’t mean the biggest dude in the gym it means someone who actually coaches. just cause someone can lift heavy stuff doesn’t mean they can teach you safely how to as well. Conversely if your fitness professional isn’t used to lifting weights they may not be able to help you appropriately either. Your best bet is to look for a strength and conditioning coach, a powerlifting coach, or a recommended personal trainer.

How Low Can You Go?

As mentioned before the squat can be used for improving mobility and before I even let any clients touch a bar I ensure they have a full range of motion. This is what you or your coach should be doing too. If you cant squat below parallel its worth finding out why and fixing it.

Starter Exercises.

  1. Bodyweight Squats.
  2. Goblet Squats.
  3. Reverse Lunges.
  4. Front rack Reverse Lunges.
  5. Overhead Squats.

To learn how to do these exercises check out my YouTube channel which will be featuring each one over the coming weeks and months so subscribe to keep updated

What Now?

Well get in the gym or your living room and get going. If you want help from me then contact me on roderic@ptandosteopathy.com and we can discuss my online and one to one sessions to get you going.

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