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AvatarBailey Martinez

You sound like me about a year ago.

Motor control issues that helped me:
– When I squatted, my big toes and heels would come up. Using and learning to activate the the inner leg muscles helped a ton. You need to find the “proper tracking’ for your legs in relation to your knees and ankles.
– I hardly ever used my abs to brace my spine. I also found that tightening my core allowed better activation of my quads which helps balance the forces at the knee.
– Use your hamstrings. I swear I had multiple moments where I said to myself, “Oh, those are my hamstrings. They sure make a difference when I use them.”
– Learn the proper way of screwing your feet into the ground and pushing your knee’s out. Not just during lifting, but during active/dynamic movements as well. 
– Find every possible movement you make throughout the day, and do it right. I get made of all the time because any time I sit or stand, I brace my body/spine, make sure my glutes are on, activate my hamstrings, make sure my feet are firmly on the ground, and then I move. But the more you do it right in your everyday activities, the easier it will be to do them when you’re doing active things.
Mobility Issues:
– Ankles, knee’s and hips: Work on everything. 
– Voodoo bands on each of these joints at least twice a day. 
– Find every possible way and time to get some mobility in. If you’re ever sitting watching tv, you should find some way of stretching. At the very least, put one foot on the other leg and push your knee down on the elevated leg.
Strength Issues:
– My glutes were weak, and my hamstrings were virtually non existent. 
– Do hamstring curls and deadlifts. My hamstrings were so underdeveloped that I really needed to first get some mass on them before they would be able to provide any benefit to my movements. That’s what sitting all your life will do to you. 😛