How to Squat Properly

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A few weeks ago I came across a site called and they had some excellent videos and descriptions for some of the most common exercises we do.
Dead Lift
Bench Press
Shoulder Press
Pull Ups
and more…

Many of my clients will request simple at workouts for their business travels or weekends to keep their muscles working. This site would be an excellent reference point to bookmark on your computer if you were not 100% confident without a trainer.

Most everything I agree with EXCEPT, when you start your deadlifts or squats have your feet pointed straight ahead! This website encourages you to angle them out, that is incorrect for the general population. Feet pointed straight ahead is the ideal posture and simply a safer starting position.

When the feet are externally rotated (toes turning out away from the body) the gluteals and piriformis are in a pre-shortened position. This alters normal length-tension relationships and creates more torque about the hip. A standard deadlift will teach proper sequencing firing patterns of the lower extremities (ankles, knees, hips) and is a safer posture for the hips/low back (when performed correctly).“….according to the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

With that in mind, check out the website and on the bottom left you will see HOW TO links to other exercises. I like this website because it has text descriptions, videos of an individual performing the exercise, and pictures of the same.

Eventually, as time allows I hope to add a similar type of exercise library to this website!


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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