August 2015 Squat Challenge: Why and How We Squat
By Jodi Lynn Jordan
The squat is the most fundamental of all movements. The first time we got ourselves to a standing position unassisted, you can bet we got there from a squat. It’s not just a CrossFit thing – the squat is the default position for humans at rest. And yet, the squat is a movement that challenges even elite athletes.
For most of us, the squat is hard because we’ve been trained to sit in chairs for 8+ hours a day since we were schoolkids. We won’t break the habits of a lifetime by a one-month challenge, but we can use this challenge to improve our position and comfort in the squat.
So here are the rules: The goal is to accumulate the most time in the bottom of an unsupported squat, with a focus on good form always – hip crease below the knees, upright chest, heels on the floor, lumbar curve maintained, knees NOT caving in. Scoring is 1 minute = 1 point. Squats must be completed at the box, before or after class or during open gym. These don’t have to be consecutive minutes … you can squat a minute, rest a minute, squat a minute, etc. Write your scores on the white boards up front. At the end of the month, the athlete with the most points wins a lavish prize package, or probably at least a t-shirt.
Good luck, and happy squatting! Here are some resources to help.
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