Squat Better Knowing Where and When to Look

Head position and where you look while squatting have very subtle benefits. You will be able to better maintain balance throughout the exercise, concentrate better on the lift, and be more consistent doing the exercise the same way each time.

Alan Thrall, owner of Untamed Strength in Sacramento, California, explains that it’s best to look at something in front of you as you squat to improve concentration and stability. Because if you’re not stable, your squat will suffer. Personally, I avoid squats by looking in the mirror because I’m tempted to just look at myself rather than actually focus on squats (two different things). If I have to, I will focus on the logo on the shirt or something like that.

Thrall also advises keeping your head in line with the rest of your torso. In other words, avoid deliberately looking up or down, as this will mean that you have to flex your neck and spine, which can cause problems such as tension headaches when squatting with heavy weights.

I admit that this anxiety about looking up or down is kind of an anal catch, but anything to help you lift a few more pounds, I say! Ultimately, what’s more important is that you can maintain balance, maintain good form during squats, and be consistent with each exercise.

Where should I look while squatting? | Alan Thrall


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