How do you view the squat in the image on the previous page?

What do you mean you didn’t take a good look! 

That’s the beauty and controversy over squatting! Everyone will perform it differently due to our unique skeletal build and current posture / alignment.  Your job is to find what works best for your client and keep adapting and improving it.

Where is their best foot position – narrow or wide, do their feet or ankles pronate (collapse in)? How low can your client squat with a neutral spine?  What is your clients range of motion in their hips and ankles?  Do they have a strong enough core to squat safely with a load on their back?  What is there exercise history? Should I load up the bar or keep progressing with bodyweight squat? Hell! Given your client’s goals is squatting even needed?! Afterall, there are a zillion effective ways to train your client’s legs and hips without the need to squat…Welcome to Personal Training!

Here are the squatting teaching points from the PT Manual!

  • Position bar on fleshy part of the upper back
  • Feet hip width apart
  • Abdominals braced and neutral spine
  • Initiate squat by bending from hips and knees
  • Lower under control to comfortable range of motion
  • Knees in line with toes and heels to floor throughout
  • Drive through things to lift upwards and breathe out through the sticking point

These points are a great starting place for a beginner client and will provide them with plenty to work on.

But how would you advance these points for a more experienced cleint?

Take what you learn from the PT Manual and adapt it to your client’s specific needs.  Sure anyone can write down 3 x 10 squats in a gym programme but can you coach it, really coach it?

Why are there so many differing opinions over squatting?

Depending on your education, you may be taught slightly different squatting methods.  However, when doing your PT course use the coaching points in the manual.  As you progress in the industry you should be open to reading other views and opinions in the “best way” to squat.

But ultimately the “best way” to squat is what suits your client…remember that and you will never go too far wrong:-)