27 Sep '14, 5pm

Improve your lower body strength with these squat tips from @runcompetitor:

Here are two tips to clean up your squat. Often touted as the king of all lower body exercises, the squat is a fantastic exercise at improving lower body strength. Without instruction, many perform squats with poor mechanics and end up hurting their knees. It’s often been said that squats are bad for your knees, but actually, squats can strengthen your knees if performed correctly. Here are two tips to clean up your squat. 1. If you fall backwards, squat with plates under your heels Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with a 1-inch lift underneath each heel. Hold your arms out like a zombie. Squat down. Push your knees out and keep your chest up. The goal is to squat with your hips dropping below your knees while keeping your heels flat on the plates. Lean forward slightly to maintain balance over your feet. Be careful not to sit toward your toes as this will put she...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/training/coachs-cor...

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