A FREE Live Community Session about “Squat Biomechanics” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender.
What You’ll Learn:
Squat biomechanics: How far should you lean forwards?
We look at how the Pelvic Morphology (Acetabulum + Femoral Neck Design) ascertain your squat depth and shape.
Raph discusses the relationship between your centre of mass (COM), torso position and squat depth.
We look at genetic inheritance and how that changes your squat depth and overall shape.
We get out some slides to show why people don’t all squat the same (Acetabulum Angle + Femoral Neck Angles / Length)
Children vs Adults (Head Size Proportion) and its relation to COM.
Do yogi’s have more hip problems from deep squats?
We look at applying external cueing to deep squats taking into consideration everyone’s different pelvic shape rather than going to deep into technique.
There’s a great discussion at the end surrounding building progressive load tolerance and the relationship between spinal alignment and injury.
Resources mentioned in this session:
- Young kids have big heads and short legs here
- Elite powerlifters use a stoop lift strategy (lifting with their back not their legs) and round their back when deadlifting near their maximum: here and here.
- No evidence that flexing the spine during lifting is a risk factor for back pain here
- Regular people, and olympic weightlifters flex their spines when they lift here and here.
- Yoga is really frikkin safe here
- Strength training at long muscle lengths is more effective at increasing strength, at least in the lower body here
- Strength training through full range of motion is at least as effective as stretching, for increasing flexibility here
- And Stu McGill’s ideas on how pelvic and hip joint shape influence what your squat looks like here