A great way to improve your squat position is to do slow eccentric, AKA negatives, or downward motion at light weights. If you can hold the position going slowly it will carry over to your heavier attempts.
Do you lose core stability when you squat heavy, causing your back to round on the way up? This is a common error when squatting for many. Slow tempo descent squats can be used to help expose and fix this problem. Here's why and how to perform them. 👇🏼👇🏼
During a normal pace squat with light weight, it's easy to overlook problems in core stability as the weight hasn't yet challenged your ability to maintain tension. It's not until you get to a heavier weight when your weak link of core stability is exposed and your back rounds. ❌
With a slow tempo descent squat (5-8 seconds down), you can't have this weak link. A slow descent forces your body to create and maintain needed stability the entire motion. If you start with a high level of stability but fail to maintain it, the lift will break down. 👊🏻
Start light with this exercise, around ~40-50% of your 1 rep max. Use 3-5 repetitions and slowly increase how much weight you can use as your body is able to maintain a high level of stability and movement quality. 👍🏻
The goal isn't to hold your breath the entire time but to maintain your brace. Start with a good breath at the start and brace your core like someone is going to punch you in the stomach. Take small breaths in and out during the descent.🏋🏽
For more of my favorite core stability exercises for a stronger squat, check out the latest #AskSquatU
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