Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Squat: Why, and "How To"

This is a very detailed description of how to barbell squat, and well done.  The key elements:
-Torso tight!  No spinal deflection.  Unfortunately, this can take as much time to learn as any other part of the squat.  Fortunately, learning to sustain a rigid torso is fundamental to almost every human movement, so if you learn this in the squat, it will apply to many other athletic endeavors

-Knees out and hips back; that's how you start the movement.  Initiate the squat with the knees moving forward and that will create problems.  Unfortunately, most humans think of squats as a "leg" or "knee" movement.  It's all about the hips!

-At any point in the squat, you should be able to wiggle your toes; otherwise, you've leaned forward, vice staying rooted in the heels

-Knees out, knees out, knees out; top to bottom and back up; KNEES OUT!  That is a game changer for move folks learning to squat

Coaching yourself through a squat, with a barbell or without, repeat these things:

Head up chest up, hips back, knees out.  When you've squatted correctly 10,000 times, you won't have to say those things any longer.

If you really want to get this right, you will need feedback; iPhone video works fine, or better yet - find a good coach!

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