SquatGuide™ - Patent Pending
SquatGuide™ is the only piece of exercise equipment designed and engineered to help people develop, improve and maintain proper squatting pattern.
It is argued that not everyone will squat the same given the differences of each individuals build. This is true and why the SquatGuide™ is customizable to fit height and stance width differences.
Despite size differences, there are squatting guidelines by which this product is designed that CAN HELP EVERYONE develop and maintain safe and efficient form.
Two simple, yet consistent ideas are the basis of the design:
1. Do not let your knees go too far forward in the sagittal plane (observing from the side).
2. At a minimum, keep your knees pushed out over your toes in the frontal plane (observing from the front)
These two simple tips are used by rehab specialists, strength coaches and fitness experts the world over. These two guidelines are also desirable no matter the width of your stance or the degree your toes turn out.
So how does it work?
1. The stance width is adjustable
- Basic recommendation is to set width so that users heels are shoulder width apart
2. Anterior knee guide
- Anterior guide bar is in line with the tips of the users toes such that the users knees are unable to extend out past the toes (Basis of design idea 1). This forces the user to then achieve squat depth with the hips and gets the users weight back into their rearfoot preventing over reliance on the quadriceps muscles and anterior knee pain while increasing stability at the feet and recruitment of the hip and hamstring musculature.
3. Lateral knee guide
- Lateral guide bar can be padded as it is intended for the user to contact it with the lateral (outside) knee. The guide is in line with the outside of the users foot. This requires that as the users descends into their squat their knee is out over the foot (or further) preventing undue stress to the medial structures of the knee, clears the femur away from the the hip socket to reduce impingement, allow greater squat depth, and aides in keeping the foot from falling into a pronated position (Basis of design idea 2). In short it prevents medial collapse
4. Frontal plane hinge
- The knee guide posts hinge in the frontal plane only (hinge out, not in or forward) to allow the user to push the knees out further than the lateral foot if their hip mobility allows and if the user desires to do so to achieve a deeper position. Many people who squat with excellent form and efficiency see benefit in pushing the knees out past the toes to maximize external rotation torque at the hip joint. This can aid in gluteal muscle recruitment, allow for a neutral spine position and decrease the femoral lever arm helping to prevent the squatter from falling backwards. Because the user should keep their knee over their foot the knee guide posts will not hinge in meaning that if the users knee loses contact with the lateral knee guide they are no longer keeping the knee in the minimally correct, safe position. The guideposts will also not hinge forward as the anterior knee guide must block the knee from moving out past the toes.
5. Stance plates
- The device is stabilized during use by the users body weight when they set their stance width and stand of the stance plates. This allows for the SquatGuide™ to travel and be used in any space. The stance plates allow for varying degrees of toe out position given that hip angles are different for users. The user is correctly standing on the plates when their toes contact the front (anterior) rail and the lateral foot contacts the side (lateral) rail.
** While this device was designed to develop and identify deficiencies with the squat pattern it can also be used to do the same for lunge mechanics.
- Breaks down into 4 pieces that collapse for easy storage
- Made of steel and fabricated in US
- Weight: approximately 19lbs
- Fits most from 4'll" to 6'7"
- 2 resistance band loops are included