🚨 SQUAT SHOES?
✅ Is excessive butt-winking or even squat depth an issue when it comes to your squatting?
✅ That is exactly a reason why you might benefit from lifting your heels up off the ground and get a pair of squatting shoes. Let’s see why:
Ankle Mobility: when you lack ankle mobility you usually squat by turning your feet out or pushing through your toes, and that because your ability to basically “bring your toes to your knee” (dorsiflexion) is ‘t the greatest, even though it’s NOT the only reason.
Essentially your ankle’s angle (going from NEUTRAL to DORSIFLEXION) isn’t enough, so, because your body can’t get lower, it compensates with a pelvis tilt/lower back rounding.
What squat shoes do is basically lift your heel up, and bring your feet at a PLANTARFLEXION position (toes pointed), which is basically the opposite of dorsiflexion. Now, instead of going from NEUTRAL to DORSIFLEXION, your feet goes from PLANTARFLEXION to NEUTRAL, so you’re now able to get deeper without any major issue.
🔥 Makes sense?
🚨 Now, this doesn’t mean the problem is solved, because quite infact, it’s just a way to “cope with it” by simply avoiding it. The best way would be to directly work on your mobility and increase your ankle’s range of motion, just like flexible people do. Infact, people who have mobile ankles don’t “need” squat shoes to squat deep.
Easier said than done? I agree, I’m guilty myself, and I love my squatting shoes for this reason.
✅ For those who don’t want to buy squat shoes, I’ll share ankle mobility drills, don’t worry.
I just wanted to give y’all the options, and make you understand “how” elevated heels help your squats.