Simple techniques to help you do the perfect squat
Full squat – dangerous? Tell that to the elderly folks in South East Asia comfortably resting on their haunches with ease. Tell that to modern hunter-gatherers who use the full squat as their default resting position. Tell that to professional power-lifters squatting under heavy weight for dozens of years. The problem is not with the movement; it’s with our lack of flexibility and mobility. In order to be truly fit, it’s important that we relearn how to perform a proper, full squat.
How to Do the Basic Squat
Stand with a comfortable stance. Most will prefer their feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart with toes turned out at a slight angle.
Lower yourself by reaching back with your butt while maintaining a strong lower back. Keep your knees aligned with your toes and your toes on the ground.
Chest up, upper back tight, eyes looking forward and slightly down, head in a neutral position. Maintain a nice cohesive line along your spine.
Go just below parallel, so that your butt drops below your knees.
Come back up by pushing through the heel.
Things to Remember
Don’t let your knees bow inward, or risk potential injury. Think of actively shoving your knees outward on the descent so that they track over your toes.
To visualize driving through the heel, try lifting your toes off the ground the first few reps.
Thirty seconds or so of the Grok squat stretch is a great way to prime the pump for your squat workout.
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