Before you keep reading…I genuinely want you take a brief couple of seconds out of your day to think.
Ask yourself this…If your objective was to consistently improve on the safety…alignment…performance and general all round benefit of the squat as an exercise.
Then where do you personally feel the most important part…or area to concentrate on is?
You wouldn’t be wrong if your response was the body as a whole…in it’s entirety…as it does share physiological importance when the exercise is being performed.
But that’s a little too textbook…I’m talking about getting a bit more in to it than that…escaping and evading all of the hype and the hooplah I spoke about in the first post.
As always this information is based from my life and my passion…from what I do 7 days a week and from what I see with my eyes.
I’ve trained so many people I couldn’t even begin to imagine to be able to guesstimate a number!
So when I offer you this advice…it is there to help because it works…with it comes no bullshit sales pitch…peddling you pills…powders…or potions.
No shoe or “squatting” apparatus to trick you in to thinking you need to become better.
All I have to offer you is truth…and experience.
I realised a long time a go that you have to break it down.
Where is that major importance?
Yeah yeah…we know…whole body…but if you had to break it down to one specific point or part…to choose out of them all…where is it??
Well what is it that you are actually doing in the first place??
You are taking your body through a movement that needs a solid support structure…to work in unison…to create aligned…action.
For this exercise the support structure is created and held together by the feet and the ankles.
The most important…underrated and overlooked area by most people who train.
If there are instabilities at standing…there is instability in movement.
Yes the core is vital…current mobility and flexibility…vital…postural alignment and contraction…vital.
But all of it means NOTHING in the long run…for the long haul…if the feet and/or ankles suffer weakness and instability.
The move requires you to be on your feet and it is from there that you need to base your focus on…from the bottom to the top…start at the floor and work your way up.
In the long run not paying attention will transcend any strength you may have in any other areas above.
If you don’t focus on that as your first point of call when wanting to progress…then I’m sorry…argue all you like…but you will never truly get the real benefits of this exercise… Or reach your true potential.
The feet and the ankles in my experience effect structural support… balance and stability through any movement placing them on to the floor…and again that’s regardless of core strength.
I’ve trained ex gymnasts who struggle to stand on one leg with an aligned foot and big toe into the ground to create a higher gait between the toe and heel for 60 seconds…but can planche on Olympic Rings.
I’ve seen people correct squat techniques in an instance from paying more attention to foot control.
Again…Always effect the parts closest to the floor you are stood on…then work your way up for true longevity safety and performance
It doesn’t matter if it’s a positive or negative effect…because it is and always will be one that ascends the rest of the body.
This is why the “whole body” argument gets floored because it’s promoted assss…JUST DO IT…get the results… WHOLE BODY…bigger bum etc etc.
Again to reiterate…I’m not arguing against the point…but if you need to progress and you are never stable through motion…then you can never really expect to achieve true success in that endeavour.
Regardless of any other area you have to work on…strengthen or “wake up”…If you have no floor stability…and no strong base…then you can’t ever really expect to truly strengthen that area needed.
So I’m not by any means saying… that if you have a knee problem…don’t focus on that area and take it in to consideration when performing/adapting the squat.
But what I am saying is..that knee won’t be and isn’t the only thing that you need to concentrate on… if your aim is to get back to being as strong as before…In order to become stronger than ever.
Very veryyyy few people are promoting this type of attention to detail with the body…It’s the difference between good and great…It is the attention needed to create a true physiologically strong and sound structure.
A structure that will stand the test of time and not leave you living your older years in constant pain and extreme discomfort.