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Spot the Difference: STOTT PILATES® Rehab decline squat

October is Rehab Month

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?

Inset A  - side angle

Photo A - Side Angle

Inset B  - side angle

Photo B - Side Angle

Inset A  - front angle

Photo A - Front Angle

Inset B - 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

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