I’ll try to keep this short!
My girlfriend has been doing crossfit for about three months now. She is an athlete, but mostly a runner, so she has very very strong legs. As you all know, deep squats are some of the primary movements in Crossfit (which I dislike because i NEVER make my clients squat that low with their knees turned out). My girlfriend told me the instructors keep telling her to squat lower and that her chest is falling forward. I told her to squat safely and that if she couldn’t squat that low with proper form–dont do it!
I put her through a workout yesterday that involved body weight squats–knees/hips 90 degrees, knees and toes in line with each other. I was surprised to see even with no weight, he knees falling INWARD, LACK OF BALANCE, and CHEST FALLING FORWARD.
Now, in a squat assessment with a new, de-conditioned client, I would know the causes of these improper movements. BUT, as mentioned, my girlfriend has good balance, strong legs, and is an athlete. WHAT COULD BE THE CAUSE OF THIS???
TIGHT HIPS?? OVERACTIVE ADDUCTORS? WEAK LOW BACK??
ANYTHING WILL HELP! I just want to make sure she is doing these exercises correctly, and not becoming injured.
Great responses and information! It sounds like a more thorough postural assessment would need to take place to pinpoint all of her imbalances. Similar to what Marlan mentioned, I often find that athletes have more dramatic muscular imbalances than other clients since they train so hard in their particular sport which may call for repetitive movements. From what you describe, I find someone performing a squat in this manner typically pronates at the foot, lacks glute medius strength (or it isn’t firing at all), and has minimal ankle range of motion. Additionally, the Q angle plays a role at the knee in women. Since no one is textbook and there could be other imbalances at her pelvis I would definitely take the time to analyze and address her issues before she continues with force/repetition in poor form.