STRETCH THE BUM. SQUEEZE THE BUM – at the top of the move, you gotta squeeze your bum hard, at the bottom we really want to sit back into the squat. It’s difficult to feel, but work towards feelings the muscle fibres of your glute (and possibly hamstring) stretch on the way down. It will be harder work, but you’ll have better control.
PUMP THE LEG – One if my favourite cues for high-rep work. Focus on the leg ‘pumping up’ — filling with more and more blood with every rep. Every bit of burning you can feel, embrace it, imagine your body filling that leg with more and more blood, fresh oxygen every rep. The more, the better.
FEEL THE THIGH ‘BREAK’ THE SQUAT – as we push you on these, and they get tough, you might end up wanting to just drop and tap the mat with your foot and come straight back up. But we don’t want that. We want ‘constant tension’, (the clue is in the name). So a useful cue is to try to feel the quads ‘kick in’ and slow the squat down just before you hit the mat. If you learn to feel for that, you’ll have more control.
THE MAT IS RED HOT! – You have to touch it, but you wouldn’t really wanna be there for long, would you?!
MOVE AROUND THE KNEE – imagine your knee is flexed, but then fixed in space. Then as you try to ‘work around it’, you might find it helps to encourage the right mechanics.
HANDS FORWARD. KNEE BACK!
More stretch in either direction usually means more control!
JUST GET ON WITH IT!
Sometimes you can dread these. Thought this might help! Don’t build it up in your head. Just get em done!