You’ve probably heard of knee valgus, but might not know exactly what it is and how detrimental it can be to your fitness goals. Knee valgus is prevalent in the fitness community, especially in younger athletes or those with little experience in exercising. It can be an indicator of various weakness throughout the body and can even increase the likelihood of injuries.
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.
The squat – one of the most primal and necessary movements of the human body, yet one of the most poorly coached and performed movements at your local Lifetime Fitness. This is primarily due to lack of mobility in sedentary individuals, but also poor coaching from personal trainers and coaches. The following is a list of three coaching cues for the squat, why these cues are flawed, and alternative cues to help reduce injuries and improve performance.