Squats – We’ve all been there, right?! A few reps in the gym and the next day you can’t stand without assistance… But the results can be worth it, and you may be able to get there faster using a resistance/theraband.
Not only can exercise bands make preforming the squat more challenging by allowing you to target a wider range of muscles than you can with just your body weight, but they force you to keep good form while you lower and stop you from cheating on your movements.
Using a theraband/ resistance band can vary in strength to suit individual needs and goals .
- Can be used for activation of muscle groups prior to weight training
- With the band situated just above knees, forces the hips to maintain slight external rotation engaging gluteal muscles.
- Strengthening the glutes can also enable a deeper squat position when squatting heavy and without causing a rounded back
A common form fail with squats is the caving inwards (valgus) of the knees shown in the image below.
Completing squats correctly is important to avoid injury’s. Preforming an incorrect squat can increase knee joint stress – and combined with improper hip alignment can lead to back injuries. If you are unsure if you’re completing a squat correctly, firstly check if the arches of your feet are collapsing inward, secondly compare the direction of your knees and ankle – they should be facing the same direction.
A good trick is to perform this in front of a mirror or use video analysis.
The main reason for a collapse in the knees and ankles are due to weak glutes, Therefore, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE – Practice makes perfect!