Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Re-Learning the squat at Jack and Adam's Relentless Bootcamp

Recently, the 6am Jack and Adams Relentless Bootcamp has been refocusing on squats!
Seems easy - just sit down then stand back up- Right?

The photo below reminds of how something that was so 'easy' at a kiddo, must often be relearned as an adult.

This is a perfect full-depth squat - Exemplifying all of the following:

  • Weight on heels
  • Lumbar curve maintained
  • Chest up
  • Butt travels back and down
  • Bottom of Squat is below parallel
  • Knees track parallel to feet
  • Return to full extension at the hips and knees to complete movement
  • Head position is neutral

If I've said it once, I've said it 100 times each class - Weight in your heels!! Squatting with your heels off the floor increases the torque in your lower back, puts additional stress on your knees, and can even cause plantar fascitis - not to mention when your heels come off the floor you can simply lose your balance!
So why does this become such a struggle for many of us? As years pass we put ourselves in positions that lead to weak glutes, tight hips and/or ankles, all factors limiting the ease in which we can squat!

Now you tell me - Is Neil practicing the perfect squat or sneaking in some extra rest/recovery?

We currently have 3 spots remaining on the 6am Jack and Adam's bootcamp. This is a fun crew of men and women and we'd love to have you join us for April programs starting next week.
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