Wednesday Form: Could you guess…
that the first Form post of 2011 is “Squats”?
A proper squat is considered the foundational movement for all other exercises. Balance, stability, flexibility (from achilles to shoulders), and core muscle control that will transfer nicely to just about everything else you do…not to mention the confidence to do them well.
As with everything, there are progressions. Goblet squat, Wall Squat, Heels Up, and as shown in the pic, Holding On are all acceptable ways to refine your squat. These adaptations allow you to adjust the level of assistance, and think about the muscles and the movement.
Visualize what these folks would have to do muscularly if they let go of the ring still maintaining that squat bottom…without falling back or dropping chest to thigh? Feel the achilles, hips, core, shoulders? Figure that out, and you’re on your way!
Do a few rounds of each on your own at home. Happy New Year.