Squatting is an important functional move that we want to ensure we can do all of our life! Let's focus on how to squat safely and sustainably so that we can build strength and mobility.
Neutral spine and pelvis are quintessential for a functionally optimal squat. Squats are meant to primarily work the hip joints and the glutes, so focus on ensuring your neck isn't influencing your spine and forcing you out of proper alignment.
Keep the core active as you work the ball and socket joint of the hip. Hinging at the hip and keeping a neutral pelvis and long spine will ensure your squat is safe and sustainable. Use of the fingers in the hip joint is an excellent way to give yourself feedback to ensure you are sitting back into squat and getting the femur to move inside of the hip socket. Looking at what your knees are doing in side lunge and in squat is a great visual form of feedback to see what is happening at your hip.
Neutral spine, core engagement, and an excellent hip hinge will lead you down the path of success for strong squatting!
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