|DEFINITION.||The SQUAT consists in bending the legs with or without an additional load.
This load may be a stick, a long bar or dumbbells held in the hands with the arms beside the body.
The long bar can be placed as usual on the shoulder behind the neck or on the pectorals, resting on the shoulder blades.
This technique is more difficult to manage in terms of balance.
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The heels must be 20 to 30 cm apart, on the ground.
You can place a wedge under the heels, but in this case the thighs will be worked more at the expense of the glutei.
The end of the descent often depends on the flexibility of the ankle joint.
If you try to go down more than you can, either the heels will lift off the ground or the lumbars will arch.
This brings us to the subject we want to talk about:
Is the complete squat (i.e. complete flexion), risky?
It is true that this movement works the full length of the gluteus.
When standing up it is at its minimum length, when bending it is fully stretched.
In addition, the quadriceps is also very stretched and the ligamentum patellae is then under stress.
When doing the SQUAT, breathing does more than supply oxygen to the muscle.
It is used to block the spine and the pelvis.
This is why the air exchanges will take place during the top phase of the movement, since the risks are least during this phase.