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Wall Squats

Squatting is a foundational movement of everyday life. Squatting can be an effective exercise to help strengthen your hips and protect your spine.

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Technique in squatting is the utmost important thing when performing a squat. Squats, like any movement, can be performed improperly with endless combinations of poor form. There are many different ways to perform a squat, whether it is free standing, against a wall, or a one legged squat which is also known as a pistol.

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Performing wall squats has been shown to help keep our posture upright while squatting and to help diminish muscle recruitment in our gluteal muscles. Glute weakness has been shown to increase our risk for low back pain, lower extremity pain, and even distal injuries at the ankle.

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If your muscles have to work they will purposely turn on. Wall squats you activate a lot more muscles than you would by doing a regular standing squat. In a wall squat there is no cheating that can be done. You have to immediately lead with the hips and butt going outward, the knees have to stay behind the toes and you have to keep your spine straight.

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Wall squats will also give you a very good sense of balance. You learn that your weight has to stay in your heels, if you do not keep your weight in your heels then you will either fall backwards or your face will hit the wall.

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Squats in general take a lot of flexibility and it is going to take concentration to correctly use your hips and back to correctly perform a wall squat. Stretching out your hips and back before you perform a wall squat is very recommended so you will be able to complete one with max flexibility.

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Try and do a wall squat!!

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