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.
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.
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.