Squat depth is a funny thing. When people start lifting, they usually squat high. They don’t know how low they’re supposed to go, or they’re scared if they go too low, they won’t be able to stand back up. Then, once they read or hear that you “must” squat ass-to-grass, squat depth is everything. Like, you-should-be-banned-from-the-squat-rack-and-imprisoned-forever-if-you-don’t-squat-ass-to-grass everything.
But then, as you learn about biomechanics, hip anatomy and motor control, you realize that squat depth is a bit more complicated. There are lots of reasons why someone can or can’t squat low.
The bottom line is if you can squat low in a good position without pain, you should. There are lots of benefits, most specifically bigger, stronger legs and hips.
And if you’re struggling to squat low, a good warm-up can help you get lower. So try this 5-step warm-up routine in my latest article for Stack. It’ll help you get ready to squat deep and crush weights with confidence.