Let’s talk mobility and one of my favorite phrases.
Becoming comfortable in the uncomfortable positions.
What exactly does this mean? It sounds painful and difficult. Well, it is difficult. Nothing worth achieving is easy, but it should never be painful. In weightlifting we practice squatting below parallel, getting low, “getting down in the hole and back out again”, but why do we do this? Why not stop at parallel?
There is a lot of debate in the fitness community as to whether its better to practice low bar squat ( squatting with the bar resting on mid back and going to 90 degrees) or high bar squat (what we practice on a daily basis at the box with the bar loaded up high on your traps and squat past parallel, chest upright). We practice a full depth squat because that is how humans were made to function. As babies and toddlers we were squatting all the time with beautiful form. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just watch your kids when they go to pick a toy up that they’ve dropped. Feet are perfectly flat and grounded, booty is almost to the ground and close to the ankles and shins are at a slight angle but knees are still in line with the feet without going over the toes. It really is something to be envious of. As we develop into adults and we modify our movements and behaviors we loose that mobility in our joints, especially in this modern environment where we spend our days either sitting or standing.
So how do we correct it? How do we inch closer to better form? Getting comfortable in the uncomfortable positions!
In this upcoming three part video series I will go over techniques for getting your squat to full depth, keeping your chest upright, and building strength and stability in the bottom of the squat.
Will this be easy? Absolutely not. Will it be worth it? Every second! Not only will you see improvement in your workouts but in your daily life! Those low back and hip issues will seem less and less and dropping things on the ground will warrant less dread to bend over and pick them up.
Get stronger. Be better.