Squat Deeper and Grow A Peach With These Pro Tips (Women's Health)

Posted: May 28, 2024 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Women's Health on May 28, 2024.


Squat Deeper and Grow A Peach With These Pro Tips

By Talene Appleton

Maybe you're a weightlifting pro, or perhaps you’re just starting out on your strength training journey. Either way, you likely know that squats are a staple in nearly every workout routine. However, mastering a deep squat—where your thighs are parallel to the floor or even lower at the bottom of the movement—can be tricky.

Our hips are super mobile when we’re young (think about the hip mobility required to crawl, for instance). But as we grow, we tend to lose some of that mobility and develop more resistance in the hip joint. “Your squat position is actually dictated by your anatomy,” Weissman explains in the video. “How deep your hip sockets are, how mobile the hip is, how long the femur is, how mobile your ankle is—all of these things impact the range of motion of your squat.”

The good news is that there’s a lot we can do to mobilize the hips and achieve a deeper, more effective squat position. Just hit play to learn Weissman's squat secrets.


Why Range Of Motion Matters

Whether you’re squatting bodyweight alone or incorporating resistance, understanding and improving your squat's range of motion (ROM) is key to getting the most out of this exercise. Proper ROM in a squat can boost muscle activation, improve joint health, and lower the risk of injury, according to the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The American Council on Exercise also points out that a greater ROM can make your workouts more effective and improve your functional strength.


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