The phrase “you have to get lower” is probably uttered from coach to athlete on squat day in CrossFit gyms more than just about anything else, but what if getting lower in the squat is actually a bad idea for the athlete being coached? We need to start taking the guess work out of coaching if we want to be successful with our athletes. As athletes we need to know more about ourselves from a measurable perspective to make smart decisions about what our movement should look like.
The reason why Bulletproof Knees from Active Life has been such a successful program is because so many athletes are getting the same cues when they are living with completely different anatomy and physiology. Try using the tests in this video to make decisions about how deep your squat should be.
While it’s unlikely that your knee flexibility range of motion is limiting you directly to under 90 degrees of hip flexion in a squat, the collective load placed on a dysfunctional knee could very well lead to the body self-limiting squat depth before you reach terminal end range. Knowing your anatomy or the anatomy of your client is maybe the most important piece of information to be mindful of when designing programming for yourself or your clients.
If you feel competent to make modifications for yourself based on what you find in these tests, by all means go ahead and do it, keep us posted on how it goes. If however you are lacking the confidence to go at it yourself, check out the Bulletproof Knees program right here on our Active Life link and let the pros handle it for you.
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