Quality criteria for this movement:

Quality criteria are a series of boxes that must be ticked to ensure good quality, safe, efficient and effective movement. These criteria don’t cover the start, mid and end points of a repetition, but the quality of what happens between these points. For optimal movement patterns, only repetitions that meet these criteria should be counted.

  • Bar sitting on top of shoulders (not front).
  • Elbows high in the squat.
  • Heels down in the squat.
  • Knees not falling in in the squat.
  • No rounding of the lower back in the squat.
  • No excessive foot turn-out in the squat.
  • Bar locked over upper back, not head.