Disclaimer: What I am about to tell you probably goes against everything you have ever learned about the squat. I will discuss three commonly used cues, explain why I feel they are usually incorrect, and offer three alternatives that I feel are more effective. I ask that you keep an open mind and try these cues out before you knock ‘em.
The squat, a movement learned and mastered in infancy, often becomes a great challenge for many as they enter adulthood. As these adults hope to relearn this pattern, for function or vanity, they are often bombarded with cues from magazines, friends, and professionals on the “perfect squat technique.” In this article I will address three of the most common cues that I deem incorrect and overused, as well as offer three cues that improve the function and safety of these movement.