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Calf tightness can limit the depth of your squat. If your calves are tight or your ankle mobility is otherwise limited, this prevents the knee from moving very far forward. If the knees can't move as far forward, that means that we have to bend more at the hips to make up the difference. As a result, we end up leaning further forwards, which can be disastrous - if you're one of those people who loses control the instant the squat starts to tip forward, you know what I mean. Some people naturally need to squat with a greater forward lean than others, but in general, we want to minimize our forward lean as much as possible.
It's all connected, so tightness in one part of the chain means that it has to be made up for, somewhere else higher up in the chain.
Spencer Aiken, CSCS is a Fitness Educator and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Spencer Aiken has educated hundreds of personal trainers on how to become a successful certified personal trainer and entrepreneur within the fitness industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as well as 10 plus years teaching fitness and business, he has an in-depth knowledge of all facets of the fitness industry.
As a co-founder of Fitness Educators, he is an internationally recognized author and educator who has been published in several countries as well as teaching educational workshops across the United States and internationally.