(Read and Video Time – 5 mins) By: Jared Blincow
At LIFT we pride ourselves on not forcing clients into movement patterns that they aren’t ready for. There’s nothing in the gym that we absolutely have to do, and it makes little sense to try and shove a square peg into a round hole. One of the most common modifications you’ll see in our weight room is elevating the heels for squat/lunge patterns. We will get a little bit more into depth as to why we do it in the following video, but ultimately the primary benefits are going to be:
- Allows individuals with poor ankle mobility to squat and build muscle control through deeper ranges of motion
- Keeps the spine in a more neutral and arguably safer squatting position
- Enables us to continue to coach individuals into quality squat patterns while simultaneously work on ankle mobility
- Can help us work clients back to barbell squatting quicker
If ya’ll have any other questions on why/what we do here at LIFT don’t hesitate to ask any of the coaches here on staff. Everything you do in your training program should have an underlying reason and rationale behind it. We want you to buy in and take ownership of everything that you do in the weight room!