Hacking your squat mobility
2LT Mike Taylor
A common issue that a lot of people face is the lack of mobility in certain joints. This becomes apparent through different movements. One such mobility issue is the lack of mobility or flexibility of the ankle as made evident by the Back Squat. With Poor flexibility in the ankle joint, there is often a lack of depth to the squat itself, likewise you see knees moving forward over the toes as compensation.
A quick fix is elevating the heels on the squat. Doing this allows for an increased range of motion within the knee joint through greater dorsiflexion of the ankle resulting in a deeper squat.
The quickest and cheapest way to do this is to put weight plates under the ankle. Typically the 5lb or 2.5lb plate will be sufficient to make a difference.