Improving your quad strength to master back position in squats

quad strength for backs squatsThe next component for improving your balance in the squat (after ) is understanding the role that quad strength plays in preventing excessive forward lean. As we showed in our first article in this series, an extreme lean forwards can make squatting seem easier, and help with early balance problems, but eventually it will create other problems. Addressing the strength in your quads thus becomes the key to lasting balance and strength. Continue reading

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

How strength training helped me deal with vertigo

strength training for vertigoWe aren’t just concerned with knee problems here: training can help with other physical problems such as vertigo. A long-term trainee of Chris’s, Pauline, gives her story of how this training helped her with Uncompensating Labyrinthitis (an inner-ear ailment affecting balance):

Chris is a friend of my sons and, as such, I have known him for many years. So it was quite natural that, when I became unwell, they insist I sought his professional help. Continue reading