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What's the point of doing squats? Great question! Everytime you sit down then get back up, or stoop down to pick up something or crouch down to kiss your kiddos or pet your dog, your squatting. I think the most basic reason we work out is to support or bodies in doing these daily activities. .
Can you sit down and stand up effortlessly? How about pick something up of the ground without hurting your back? Can you then put that something up on a higher shelf? Can you put them together -- pick it up and put it away seamlessly? .
There's are tons of squat variations. These are some of my favorites. .
The air squat -- no weight, nothing fancy. Knees slightly wider than hip width, and in line with middle toe. Toes pointed out a bit. Have a neutral spine - keep it parallel with your shins. Sit back with your booty. Then obviously from here you can add weight. .
The 3rd one is killer. Add that half raise with a pause and your booty will be on .
Add in the shoulder press to make it a compound move. Think about the movements you make daily. Up until recently I was a bartender. (Well technically I have 6 more shifts to go). That last one with the twist added is a lot like what I'd do behind the bar. Squat to grab a bottle from the bottom shelf. Pour a shot. Replace a bottle to the top shelf. .
Also, if you need help just getting started squatting, use a chair. Squat to the chair, with good form, pause, drive back up. Work up to squatting down and just touching the chair but don't sit and pause. Keep the tension and drive right back up.
Squats are a great full body move, especially if you add that press. They're also so easy to do at the office or wherever. Get up and do 10 squats on the hour, every hour during your work day and see what that does for you!!
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