Disclaimer: this blog is basic. It’s meant for the average layperson who may be entering a gym for the first time or an individual who is curious about the right answers. It will provide the basic knowledge needed to start improving your squat or to start squatting in general! I will not address anything but the “basic mechanism” of stand to squat and vice versa. You may want to continue reading, even if you think you are a squat master.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked, “How should I squat?” or “Why do I have pain when I squat”. Well, truth be told, there is no simple answer and many right (and wrong) answers. There is also a lot of skewed information out there. Humans are all anatomically different (height, weight, bone structure, muscle fibers, etc.), so how can we have one correct answer? Especially when most of the time it has to do with individualized strength or body mechanic impairments!
For the average person, squatting means any possible way to get low to the floor with both feet in the same place. Squatting is something we do in everyday life. Heck, if we look at sitting down and standing up from a chair or a toilet, you are basically performing parts of a squat. It is a great activity that can help strengthen much of our body if done correctly.
Now, there are many different forms of squats: unweighted or air-squat, jump-squat, front-squat, back-squat (high-bar, low-bar), goblet-squat, sumo-squat, sissy-squat, single leg squat, and the list goes on. These are all things I’ll probably decide to address at some point, but let’s get to the basic mechanics of a general squat first.
So, a few house-keeping things prior to attempting this squatting thing. No, it’s not as “simple” as it seems. Yes, granted our bodies are meant to squat many of us lose the ability when out of practice. Other than muscles working, the position should not be painfully uncomfortable. “Muscularly” uncomfortable, is understandable, especially if you have never really squat before! Your feet don’t have to be straight, and they should fall into your “anatomically correct” position. Yes, I used big terms, but your body has a comfortable position it will want to squat in.
Two tips for finding your comfortable foot and leg position:
Take a little information from these two things and utilize them! It can help you get more out of the activity and become more comfortable with it. Now, these are simply a guide and may not work for everyone.
Now onto this thing called the squat, and what you should know:
There is a little bit more to performing a squat than a lot of people think. If you have any questions about what you’ve read above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!