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January 24, 2009

Why Squat?
The squat is essential to your well-being. The squat can both greatly improve your athleticism and keep your hips, back, and knees sound and functioning in your senior years.
Not only is the squat not detrimental to the knees it is remarkably rehabilitative of cranky, damaged, or delicate knees. In fact, if you do not squat, your knees are not healthy regardless of how free of pain or discomfort you are. This is equally true of the hips and back.
The squat is no more an invention of a coach or trainer than is the hiccup or sneeze. It is a vital, natural, functional, component of your being.
The squat, in the bottom position, is nature’s intended sitting posture (chairs are not part of your biological make-up), and the rise from the bottom to the stand is the biomechanically sound method by which we stand-up. There is nothing contrived or artificial about this movement.
From CFJ Squat Clinic Coach Glassman



Work Up To 1 or 3 Rep Max Back Squat

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  1. Littles Reply

    When I was in Vietnam I remember that the old people were both very small and very limber.
    At 5am the loudspeaker would go off in the old quarter (Hanoi) and you would see hundreds of elderly folks in the park going throught their daily Tai Chi.
    Walking through the streets they would be squatting. Always squatting sipping their tea, butchering meat, talking to each other, glowering at the tourists trying to snap a shot.

    It always struck me because there is no way you could get most American 80 year olds to squat without breaking something or falling over.
    In fact, the cafe table and chairs (lining the streets) that they use are the size of Standish’s childrens set, really low to the ground.

    end of my blog.

  2. Jane Reply

    Hey Mark, does that mean we’re gonna have to do a one arm rope climb? Oh boy…

  3. JareBear Reply

    That makes sense. Natures call is ideally supposed to make men squat at least 3 times a day. Girls probably 7 or 8. Or fifty if you have given birth. Of course the invention of the toilet has taken the danger out of the operation. But…I bet our forefathers did squats everyday just so they wouldn’t fall in it. 🙂

  4. sarah lee Reply

    Phoebe, you are amazing! Great job. Rita you have competition. She did a 1 min handstand. 2 min row, awesome form on back squats, and so much more. Great job. We can’t wait to see your potential .
    Welcome to C3.

  5. C3 Annie Reply

    If you think that will get me there, your wrong. Nice try Sarah.

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