Monday “Did you know…” Volumes
The simple squat…speaks volumes. Here called the “Third World Squat” but really just a Squat…what then would we call the feeble-crumbled-bend that most non-3rd worlders do?
Oh well. Anyway, the best diagnostic move available. Diagnostic for what? Anything! Do as the article suggests and try to drop into the TWS. For those who struggle, pay attention to where the tightness binds you up:
1-Heels and achilles: tight, not allowing slack
2-Knees: injury, tight from quads, ITB
3- Hip Flexors: front of hip, oh the searing pain if you sit all day!
5-Lower Back too weak to hold you upright
7-The entire posterior chain?!
8-Balance (pretty good with the flexibility, just need to work on the balance point)
Arguably, that one move (or lack thereof) will tell you everything you need to know about your fitness progress.
So what to do:
1) Practice, alot. Practice. Sit on the hill in front of the gym. Goblet squat for balance, hold a railing or door knob at home. Use an assist at first, then slowly work off it.
2) Do all the hip mobility drills. Then do them more.
3) Strengthen the lower back, undo the front side tightness.
4) Stop doing things that have created the problem.
5) Go for it and feel the difference.
PS. Congrats to Wicasa, DanOh, Marisa…winners of the Inspiration Incentive. Stay tuned for the July incentive.