The decline squat on the Stability Barrel™ Lite is one way of performing this challenging and effective exercise for people who have tendonitis issues in their knees.
By performing this move on a gentle downward angle within a pain-free range of motion, it will emphasize the eccentric muscle action of the quadriceps to stimulate strengthening of the tendon.
Can you spot the difference?
Photo A - Side Angle
Photo B - Side Angle
Photo A - Front Angle
Photo B - Front Angle
B Photos are correct, tips
- Lower leg should have a forward progression
- Torso and lower leg should be on the same angle
- Pelvis and spine should maintain a neutral alignment
- Allow the knees to drift forward as long as it’s appropriate to the torso position, and then work with range of motion accordingly
- Make sure the middle of the patella is tracking over the second or third toe
A Photos are incorrect, common mistakes
- Clients tend to hinge forward from the hips only, preventing the lower leg from tracking forward
- They employ spinal extension or spinal flexion in order to lower the body; the spine should remain neutral throughout
- Keep an eye out for one or both legs tracking medially, which causes the femur or hip joint to go into too much internal rotation
- Don’t allow the tibia to go into excessive external rotation because that puts a lot of strain on the knee joint
- Work within a pain-free range of motion rather than maximum available range