For Day 2 of “Back to School” we discuss why we should squat and train the squat under heavy loads.
Why Squat: How many times have you squatted today? Sat in a chair, on a toilet, in a car, properly picked something heavy up off the ground…the list goes on and on. First, it is functional! Next, we squat under load because the squat is the best way to directly train our posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes and the abductors (groin muscles)) and knee extender group (quads) at the same time. These two groups of muscle contribute directly to our ability to run, jump, push, pull and all other lower body movements. Lastly, the “core” of the body is at the center of the squat leading to training throughout the body. The lower back, upper back, abdominals, lateral trunk muscles, costal (rib cage) muscles, shoulders and arms are all used in an isometric support role for the squat, while balance is maintained by the central nervous system and under heavy load hormones are released throughout the body. A complete mind and body experience!
CrossFit Games Open WOD 11.3
AMRAP in 5 mins
Squat Clean to Thruster (165/115)