To Squat or Not To Squat?

Heads up: the Squat is an exercise to perform only if done properly.

The benefits of doing an Air Squat (squatting with out using weights) include strengthening quadriceps, improving balance, firming glutes, and toning core. Plus, you can do them anywhere, no fancy gym equipment needed.

Proper form includes:

  • an engaged core  
  • a straight spine
  • knees pointed slightly outward
  • keeping your weight in your heels
  • lowering until your thighs are parallel to the ground
  • never letting knees go further than toes

You should NOT do squats if your have degenerative disc disease in your back, or chronic knee pain until these ailments are healed. Using an array of therapies, these conditions can be treated.

Until your are pain free, however, avoid squatting and choose different, more supportive exercises that achieve the same benefits.

If you have questions about appropriate exercises for your body or need help treating pain, we can help. Contact us today!



Dr. Mike Urban's experience in sport performance training, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal chiropractic disciplines have been achieved through field experience and extensive education that includes training through Chapel, McMurtrie and Bartlett Chiropractic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dr. Urban checks his email daily and welcomes any questions, comments, or inquiries to

Posted on July 24, 2015 and filed under performance tips.