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4 Squat Variations You Should Be Using If You Lack Mobility

4 Squat Variations You Should Be Using If You Lack Mobility

The ability to squat is one of the most basic human movements. Unfortunately as we age, experience injury, and spend long periods of time sitting at desks and in the car our body loses the valuable mobility that it once had. Loss of mobility in our hips, spine, shoulders, or ankles can make the back squat a difficult and awkward feeling exercise to perform. And despite all of these common mobility restrictions the back squat is one of the most frequently performed exercises in the gym.

Because a mobility restriction makes back squatting a higher risk exercise to perform does this mean that squatting is something you should be avoiding when in the gym? Not necessarily. Like most other exercises you can always make modifications in order to make it safer and more effective for you.

How to Correct Common Push-Up Mistakes

How to Correct Common Push-Up Mistakes

The push-up is one of the first exercises we all learned to do. Whether your first exposure was from gym class or from being told you needed to do push-ups and sit-ups every day to stay in shape, it’s fair to assume the push-up has been part of your workout routine longer than any other exercise. Despite its longevity in people’s training programs, the push-up is still an exercise that is often performed incorrectly.

Because the push-up allows your scapula and shoulder joint to move more freely, it’s a much safer option than the barbell bench press, especially if you have a history of shoulder problems. Because push-ups tend to be something we’re taught at a young age, and because it’s recognized as a safer alternative to bench pressing, many will rush to performing push-ups on the floor. Furthermore, they’ll frequently add on sets and reps, and