Why Squat?

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!

Today:

Press 3x3x3x3x3

-then-

CrossFit Games Open WOD 11.3

AMRAP in 5 mins

Squat Clean to Thruster (165/115)

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4 Responses to Why Squat?

  1. Kelly says:

    Love this. Why aren’t the guys at Crossfit this cute when they squat? Even so, it’s a really good explanation.

  2. tassha says:

    I am loving the back to the basics WOD’s! After talking to a friend from another Crossfit Gym in NOVA, I must say, I appreciate the coaches all the more. The coaches at her box care more about getting the heaviest weight possible and doing moves fast. Not so important is the form apparently. I love that our coaches will stop you when you are wrong, and get you right. Injury free is the way to be! LOL

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