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Here’s a great drill you can do to help perfect your squat.  We use this as part of our warm- up to reinforce perfect squat technique.  The face-the-wall squat will force you to keep the weight on the heels, and low back arched during the squat.  Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Stand and face the wall with a shoulder width stance and toes a few inches away from the wall and eyes straight ahead.
  2. Slowly squat down with out letting your knees hit the wall, going as deep as possible while maintaining good technique, do not let the knees flare out or buckle in.
  3. Continue to do this until you can get your thighs parallel to the floor or deeper.
  4. Tight hip flexors or hamstrings may not allow you to get to the desired depth.
  5. Practice this drill daily as part of your warm-up and you will improve.
  6. If this can be performed with ease, move closer to the wall so that toes are in contact with the wall.

This drill can also be performed as an overhead  squat with a piece of PVC or broom handle over head.  This will add a whole new component to the face-the-wall squat.  Give this a try!

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