3 Reasons You Don’t Squat More (And What to Do About It)
Culprit #1: Glutes
"Ever performed a squat that looks more like a good morning? If so, the glutes are a good bet as to the reason why."
How Do I Test if My Glutes Are Weak?
Culprit #2: Hip Flexors
"Most people who suffer with hip flexor issues will notice more predominant DOMS in their quads and probably consider themselves to be quad-dominant through the movement."
How Do I Test if My Hip Flexors Are a Problem?
- Lie on your back on a physio table with your glutes near the end of the table.
- Keep one leg extended off the table and relaxed.
- Using your hands, raise your other leg and pull you knee into your chest.
- Proceed to lie backwards.
Culprit #3: Adductor Activation
"If you’ve suddenly started squatting deeper, but find your knees buckling, then your adductors are likely to blame."
The easiest way to understand the adductor is through its role in the stabilisation of the knee and leg as you move through the squat. If the adductor magnus isn’t activated or firing effectively, it creates instability as you lower yourself down, shearing forces to the knee and hips, and the medial knee collapse all big squatters fear.
How Do I Test if My Adductor Magnus Is Weak?
- Lie on your back with your knees together and 45 degrees from the floor.
- Place a ball between your knees.
- Squeeze your knees together.