How to maintain your balance during the squat

squat balanceA YouTube fan recently told us she had a problem squatting down to parallel. She could only get about half way down before it felt like she was stuck and it would be impossible to get any lower without falling over backwards.

There are a host of issues which contribute to this problem: they can arise from difficulties in technique, strength or flexibility. This means there is no one answer to this question – but we can offer a range of solutions. Continue reading

Introducing a weighted bar for the best squat form

weighted squats, how to hold a barWhen you graduate from unweighted squats, or simple broom squat practice, to using a bar, the added weight and equipment involved can lead to confusion. This brief introduction will highlight the most important details of the exercise that you should always keep in mind. It may seem like there is a lot to remember, but don’t lose hope. Though it can take years to truly master squats, mastery of weighted squats is, effectively, mastery of your whole body, and the ultimate basis for conquering all your future knee problems. Continue reading

How to do unweighted squats without knee pain

unweighted squatThe single most important exercise for knee strength, and for health and fitness in general, is the squat. When you reach your perfect level of fitness, you may squat to platforms as low as 12 or 13 inches, bearing incredible loads and pushing your knees about as far as your toes. When you’re suffering from patella maltracking, though, bending your knees a fraction over the foot may be excruciatingly painful. You can get around that pain by doing unweighted squats with a few minor compensations, laying the foundations for a squat without compensations later. Continue reading

Self-treatment of patella maltracking

self-treatment patella maltrackingThe following videos were an early introduction to self-treatment for patella maltracking, filmed in my private gym, under the earlier LiftAge brand. In spite of the low production values, the advice in these guides has already helped dozens of people, internationally, to resolve lasting issues with patella maltracking and knee problems in general. If you would like help with knee pain relief, these videos are an excellent place to start, and will be updated in the near future: Continue reading