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A 35-year-old member asked:

help, i can't keep heels flat when squatting?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Not unusual: Many people cannot keep there heels flat. It may be due to a shortening of the Achilles tendon or posterior calf muscles. Try stretching before exercise
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Two things: Suboptimal form and/or immobility issues, particularly at the ankles can lead to this. Consider checking out: http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/weak-foundation-how-screen-your-ankles-improve-performance-and-decrease-injury To assess for ankle immobility issues, otherwise consider reviewing your form with a certified personal trainer.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

When im squatting at the gym is it bad at all to squat past my thighs being parralel to the ground?

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Dr. Charles Metzger
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: That does put a lot of stress on the patellofemoral joint, which is the undersurface of the knee cap as it rides on the femur with bending of the knee. Past parallel to the ground is not recommended for this exercise.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it recommended to do squats and deadlifts barefoot or in slippers?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Neither: If you drop a weight on your foot you will be very sorry that you didn't have the proper support from your athletic shoe. They are also rubber and will give you the ability to prevent slipping.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I improve my form while doing squats?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Use a mirror or a spotter.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: squatting?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
For me and you: To sit in a low or crouching position with the legs drawn up closely beneath or in front of the body; sit on one's haunches or heels.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Other than squats are there any good exercises to tone your butt?

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Dr. Rashid Khan
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Stair climbers: Stair climbers are great for toning the gluteus muscles.

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