The story behind ‘Squat-Thotics’ – Innovative design for enhanced performance
The SQUAT-THOTIC is an exciting new development in the world of Bodybuilding. These corrective prescription insoles have been designed by a team of Biomechanics, foot specialists and competitive weight trainers to meet the supportive needs of gym users during weight bearing exercise. They not only help prevent injury, reduce uneven joint wear and tear, contribute to alleviating joint and back pain, but also correct foot positioning to improving form – thus enhancing the wearer’s performance.
Georgina O’Neil came up with the idea for the insoles after suffering for over a decade with a severe pelvic joint dysfunction.
“After the birth of my children, I was left with a very painful pelvic condition which resulted in the whole joint being very loose. I was in constant pain as there was a strain on my lower back ligaments and nerves – as well as a lot of abnormal bone movement. Previously I had loved weight training, but I found that I could no longer perform the way I used to.
After my daughter developed Leukemia in 2004, I decided to turn my life around and leave my career in accounts. I started studying Podiatry, became a Foot health Practitioner then a partner in a busy Podiatry Clinic.
Over time I saw the positive effect that our Prescription Orthotics (Shoe insoles) had on patient’s ankle, knee, hip and back pain, so I prescribed myself a pair. It was like a miracle! My pain disappeared within three days, and due to the resulting stability of my pelvis, my ligaments tightened, and I no longer had pain when walking.
But there was still the gym issue. The orthotics are designed for day to day use, not the gym and sports use. My patients had the same problem. Many suffered from sports injuries, joint and nerve pain due to wrong foot positioning and this resulted in a bad performance in their chosen sport.
Using my training in Biomechanics, the expertise of specialist orthotics developers and former UKBFF – UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, NABBA – National Amateur BodyBuilders’ Association competitors and my understanding of the needs of gym users, I started to develop a gym based Sport-Orthotic. The SQUAT-ORTHOTIC was the result.
It gives unparalleled support to the foot, distributes weight evenly which helps to increase ground force, contributes to preventing sprains, keeps knee position in correct alignment and therefore controls hip and pelvis position. The result is even pressure on joints such as the ankle, knee and hip, postural correction and therefore less strain on the lower back.
They are an innovative design for enhanced performance.”
Georgina is now planning on competing at a UKBFF competition this spring.