‼Fix your ankles… Fix your squat‼
Sounds weird right?
But squats are for your legs, butt, blah blah blah.
Yes. That’s what is targeted with a squat. However, the mechanics of the human body are all tied together.
The mobility or lack thereof in your ankles are as important to your squat as any part of your legs, but it’s often forgotten or not even realized.
That’s no fault of anyone’s especially when the internet has a bagillion different articles on squats every 10 seconds about how squats are good, they’re bad, they cure cancer, they’re responsible for 9/11. You get the point.
However, if you have tight ankles, like myself, a simple trick to help get deeper in your squat is simply giving them a slight elevation.
As you can see, I have my heels elevated in the 2nd picture by about 1-1.5 inches and I’m considerably deeper in my squat.
Elevating my heels allows my calves to not strain and restrict me as much, allowing the rest of the posterior chain (back side) of my body to properly activate.
This by no means is a “AHA! This is it!” type of fix. I still work on my ankle mobility often and I used to have to elevate them way more to achieve this depth with proper thoracic positioning. Meaning my back isn’t horribly rounded. There is a small arch but again, it used to be wayyyy worse.
So if you have a problem getting into a deep squat and are super envious of those that can nearly sit on the ground, give this little hack a try!!
Don’t worry, I’ll let you know how to properly achieve better ankle mobility in a future post!!
Fix your ankles, fix your squat!