I see many runners who are unable to execute a proper squat. Why is this a bad thing? The squat is a fundamental human movement, and the inability to squat properly exposes many problems with joint mobility which can interfere with your ability to run well. Limited mobility can also make you more prone to injury, but more importantly, as you get older, it can greatly affect your quality of life, and your ability to do everyday tasks.
The reason many runners have this problem is simple, they usually doing a lot of running and not much of anything else. I've always advised all runners to round out their running with workouts designed to improve strength/power, flexibility/mobility, and balance/coordination.
I've found a great resource for people with mobility problems on YouTube which is the sanfranciscocrossfit channel. The videos below just scratch the surface of what available there, so if you're interested in finding out even more please check it out.
Here are some of the videos I like on squatting.
Proper squatting technique
Videos on Improving the the mobility necessary to to a proper squat
- Tight ankles= bad squatting
- Day 1/3 squat cycle
- Day 2/3 squat cycle
- Day 3/3 squat cycle
- Super Squat Hip Sequence pre-workout