Friday, February 19, 2016

Proper Form Is Priority: Squat

Last month I critiqued my plank. This week I decided to check out my squat form:

(Squat - 40lbs)
What do you think? 

I'm giving myself a 4.5/5! 
I've got all good things going on, chest up, head up, shoulders back, weight in heels, abs tight, shins parallel with chest, knees in line with toes. 

However, I didn't give myself a perfect score because 1) there is always room for improvement, and 2) my fitness trainer sister pointed out that my arm position is a little...well, lets just say undecided! My elbows aren't forward enough to be in "front position", nor are they far enough back for "back position." Now I had no idea there was even different strategic positions for arms during a squat until my sister told me. I used to only do body weight squats with my hands clasped together in front of my chest (apparently that's totally fine), but now that I use weight, it looks like I've got some new technique to work on for arm positioning. 

Wish me luck! 


  1. Good job! It's a great idea to critique your form when exercising. So easy to sacrifice form and that doesn't do anyone any favors!

    1. Exactly! I'm learning very quickly that form is key....I don't lift very heavy but that's OK b/c I want to learn to do it right first :)