Fundamental Movement Pattern: The Squat
Front squats, back squats, box squats, goblet squats, single leg squats, cyclist squats, the list could go on and on. There are a million and one different squat variations and each have their place in a workout program. But why is the squat such a universal and widely applied exercise?
Movement for life
The squat is a fundamental movement pattern; meaning that you use this movement constantly in your everyday life. Think about how often you sit down per day, or how many times you squat down to pick something up. Even the act of getting out of bed uses squat mechanics.
The effects of the squat
Squatting helps promote health in your knees, ankles, lower back, and hips. Of course it also works your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Learning how to squat with proper mechanics can help you as you age and increase flexibility and joint range of motion.
What is the right squat depth?
There is no blanket statement depth that is right for everyone due to differences in shape, size, fitness, mobility, and overall goals. Generally however, working below parallel to the ground is not for beginners!
Now that we understand the WHY of squatting, we can be motivated to improve our technique. Continue to work the squat to create strength and efficiency in this movement pattern throughout your life!