Everybody is chasing the perfect squat and pushing the limits of just how much weight they can move. The reality of the squat is that it is not just for power-lifters, it’s a foundation movement that is as simple as sitting down and getting up from the toilet seat!
The Squat Series is our attempt simplify this complex movement into a joint by joint approach. We provide you with a test for each joint, followed by some remedies for that specific issue.
In episode two, we tackle the SHOULDER! We often underestimate the role of the shoulder in the squat. In terms of racking the bar in the squat, external rotation is crucial! Whether you front, or back squat – your ability to hold and stabilize the bar is pivotal to an efficient and pain free squat!
It is important to note that a limitation in shoulder range is rarely solely a shoulder issue. Often, the upper back (also known as the thoracic spine) can play a huge role in limiting shoulder range. So much so, that we dedicated a whole episode in Episode 3: The Thoracic Spine. But if you want to get started, check out our video on How To Foam Roll Your Upper Back.
In regards to the shoulders specifically, we have some other videos that would also help within our Movement Library. Often times, the chest and pec muscles can be hyperactive, pulling the head of the humerus forwards and stealing your hard earned range! Check out our favourite pec release exercise to start taking care of business!
Keep those shoulders limber.
Featuring Mitch Starkman, Physiotherapist
When in doubt, it is always a good idea to get assessed by your healthcare practitioner so you can truly Move Like You Mean It!