Ankle Mobility for Squatting

Does your chest drop when you squat? Do your ankles rotate inwards? This ankle mobility stretch is for you. One of the most common issues we see with athletes and their squat form actually stems from tight ankles, specifically the achilles tendon and calf muscle. If your ankle is too tight to maintain a perpendicular angle with the floor when your hips drop and knees drive out, your body will compensate. Either your ankles and knees will cave inwards to reduce the severity of the angle, or your chest will drop. For those of you that experience any of these problems when trying to go below parallel, take a few minutes each week and work on your ankle flexibility. Use this banded stretch, the wall stretch, or a foot board to increase your ankles range of motion and your squat will thank you!

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