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One of the absolutes of squatting is that the body must always stay in balance. Doing so allows your body to produce efficient force & power. Balance during the squat is the ability to maintain your center of gravity over your mid-foot (when viewing the squat from the side).👍🏼
During a bodyweight squat, your center of gravity (for most people) lies usually near your stomach. In order to keep this area over your mid-foot, you must therefore incline your chest over your feet (shown left). However, during barbell training - the barbell pulls your bodies center of gravity closer to where the bar is held on your back or chest as that is where the most weight will be concentrated (for the purpose of this demo I’m only using the barbell which itself only being a 20kg bar wouldn’t have as dramatic of an affect as a loaded barbell but hopefully you can see the point).✅
For this reason, the type of squat technique used will dictate a different torso position in order to stay balanced!! As you can see, the front squat has a dramatically more open or larger hip angle & upright trunk position in order to stay balanced. Depending on your anatomy and level of mobility - it is NATURAL for you to have a more or less inclined trunk position during your squats. A good coach will understand this and help you learn how to get into the most efficient positions instead of trying to control your body into a “perfect” squat that may not be right for your body! (This is why “squat therapy” where someone is placed next to a wall and forced to try to squat as upright as possible is not always a good idea as it doesn’t take into account how individual variance in anatomy and mobility may require a different torso inclination to remain in balance).😉 .
The next time you squat - view your squat from the side. Is your body in balance?🤔
If you want to go more in depth into the real science of the squat, check out the article linked in my bio!
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