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How To Find The Right Squat For Your Anatomy

There is no right or wrong way to squat, but there is one optimal for you.

Did you know that your anatomy can change your squat stance? Discover how to find the right squat for your anatomy with these tips from Dr Aaron Horschig.

Dr Aaron Horschig is a physical therapist, coach, and creator of the Squat University. He is one of the most respected authorities when it comes to squatting.

In this video from Dr Horschig, he details how to find the right squat for your anatomy.

First, you need to know a little bit about your pelvis anatomy to know if the squat stance for you is with toes pointing straight forward, wide outwards, or somewhere in between.

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To know a bit more about your anatomy, Dr Horschig exemplifies a seated external & internal rotation test. Find out if you have excessive rotation to one side compared to the other – there is no need to go to a proper doctor to do this test. Do the same test lying on your hip instead of seating down.

Two extreme outcomes are possible from these tests:

  • Excessive internal rotation, but limited external rotation on both tests
  • Limited internal rotation, but excessive external rotation on both tests

The first option would mean you are prone to squat with toes pointing forward because of the way your pelvis anatomy is designed.

The second outcome means you will naturally squat with toes pointing outwards.

However, if you have excessive external rotation on one test and excessive internal rotation on the other, it means you fall into the “textbook normal range.” “For those type of people, your natural position will likely be a slight out angle,” Dr Horschig explains.

If you still have questions on how to find the right squat for your anatomy, check out Dr Horschig’s video below.

How To Find The Right Squat For Your Anatomy

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