At Precision Movement and Therapies we want to know “What would you do if you could move better?”. It may be walking, running, lifting your child or grandchild, using stairs, cycling, paddling, or whatever your heart desires. With our Precision Movement Exam we look at movement to address common muscle and joint problems in the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, lower back, neck and more. One of the movement patterns we look at is the Split Squat - a transition pattern from two legs to one leg.
In this blog, we will highlight the Split Squat movement pattern.
What is the Split Squat?
The Split Squat is a movement that uses muscle groups across your lower body.
How do you do a body weight Split Squat?
1). Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, hands on your hips with your elbows tucked into your sides.
2). Step forward with one leg and plant your foot flat on the floor.
3). Raise the heel of your back foot so only your toes are touching the floor. Both of your hips and back heel should be in a straight line.
4). Drop your back knee towards the floor activating your gluteal muscles.
5). Return to the starting position.
Why would you use a Split Squat?
The Split Squat allows you to get to the floor with the power coming from your glutes, quadriceps, and hamstring muscles. Your knees and lower back will both be in low load position. The Split Squat will also put a different stress on the hip joint then the Hip Hinge Squat (previous blog). Using different movement patterns will give your hip joints a break reducing the chance of having hip joint problems.
What do we use a Split Squat for?
The Split Squat can be used for many different reasons. Stay tuned....