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You Know Squat

Arguably the most important movement in CrossFit, the air squat.  The air squat provides normal hip function and leg function.  This is the building block for running, jumping, climbing, pulling and all other functional movements.

As said by CrossFit HQ trainer Pat Sherwood, “As a fundamental movement, the squat is a building block to every other movement in CrossFit.  Do this well and everything else you do will fall into place,” he explains. “Do this poorly and everything else is going to be a little challenging for you.”

Air squat:   Athlete moves from the standing position to a squatting position with the hips below the knees, and back to standing.

1.  Strong lumbar, core tight – mid line stability

2.  Feet Shoulder width apart

3.  Weight on heels and torso upright

4.  Knees track over toes

5.  Hip crease just below parallel

6.  Head in neutral position

This movement is paramount in perfecting the front squat, back squat and overhead squat.

Question:  How do you get better at squats?

Answer:  Do more squats!


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