How To Assess And Optimize The Squat - FAST!


The squat is one of the most common and basic exercises that offers a lot of bang for your buck. However, in order to get the most out of this exercise for each and every client, you need to be able to find the ideal stance, depth, and way to load the exercise.

Watch the videos below to learn the 3 simple tests that I use in my new client movement assessment to quickly identify the best way for each client to squat and get them progressing from day 1.

You’ll discover:

  • How to find the optimal squat stance and depth for each client’s unique body type
  • The simple way to determine the best way to load the squat for each client based on how they move
  • A little-known test to identify when good form actually looks like bad form

Best Squat Stance Assessment

In this video, you’ll learn how to assess basic squat depth and try a couple adjustments that will reveal the best stance for each client.

Hip Activation Assessment

In this video, you’ll learn how to determine if enhancing hip/knee alignment or intentional feedback will produce a deeper squat.

Tibial Torsion Test

Sometimes good alignment can look like bad alignment if a client has some tibial torsion.

In this video, you’ll learn a simple tibial torsion test to to identify what type of knee and foot alignment each client has, and if it’s symmetrical from side to side.

Loaded Squat Assessment

Part of the natural squat progression for training clients is adding higher loads to the movement. However, there are good and bad ways to load a heavy squat based on a client’s body structure or movement ability.

In this video, you’ll learn how to identify which way you should load your clients’ squats when going heavy.

These videos are a small part of the entire squat assessment section of my Movement Performance Assessment digital course, which features the 8 critical movements I assess with all my clients to get them moving better, without pain and determine the perfect exercises to start them with from day 1.

The MPA is the best movement assessment designed specifically for personal trainers and features 12 learning modules that will allow you assess clients quickly and easily so you can build programs that deliver results right away while avoiding exercises that cause pain. Click here to learn more.