The importance of the Squat
The squat is the most important movement we train in CrossFit. It is the most functional movement for your day to day life and strengthening the squat will give you good returns on all of your other movements. Pat says that squatting is like “putting money in the bank.” Every time you squat, you save a little bit. You never know when you’ll need to make a withdraw.
Below is an excerpt about the squat from Kelly Starrett’s new book Becoming a Supple Leopard:
Squatting and walking. If there are two movements you shouldn’t take for granted, its how to squat and how to walk. Make a good decision. Master both movements.
Think about how many times you sit down and stand up. How much you walk. Walk and squat with crappy mechanics every day for years on end and it shouldn’t be much of a stunner that your knees and back glow with chronic pain and a doctor starts describing the modern wonders of joint replacement. (82)
Check out more on the Squat here from K-STAR.
The point is you should take pride and strive for perfect form with every squat you perform. Whether its an air squat, front squat, back squat, overhead squat, thruster, wall ball, box squat, or sitting on the toilet squat. Make it beautiful and it will pay off-put some money in your squat bank!
Workout of the Day
With a partner, four rounds for time of:
4 rope climbs or 24 towel pullups
100 foot Sprint
8 Squat cleans (225 / 125 lbs)
100 foot Sprint
Split the reps however you like. This is a sprint workout..go fast!