In this weeks Exercise Video of the Week I discuss a common issue related to squat performance: how to stop substituting forward lean for squat depth.
While there are numerous possible reasons as to why trainees often lean too far forward during the squat, three of the most common reasons are:
- They’re simply unaware they’re doing it
- Poor thoracic mobility
- Excessive forward weight shift onto the toes
I discuss how to remedy each of these issues in the short video below.
Finally, at the end of this article I’ve provided several videos detailing some of my favorite thoracic mobility drills. I encourage everyone to perform at least one of these drills every single day for 1-2 sets of 8-10 repetitions. Not only could they improve squat technique and subsequent performance, but they are, in my opinion, one of the simplest and effective methods to improve shoulder health and function.
How to Stop Substituting Forward Lean for Squat Depth
Half Kneeling Thoracic Extension/Rotation