Squatting is an important motor development milestone during childhood development, as well as a fundamental movement pattern in adults. The ability to deep squat as a child not only allowed us to bend down and pick up objects – but also to sit with ease. In addition, it was an important precursor to efficient upright locomotion. As adults, we have forgotten how to squat to the floor with ease, mostly through lack of practice and lack of skill. In the modern environment, chairs have largely replaced the need to sit on the floor; in addition, poor-fitting footwear has also immobilised our feet and ankles. This combined lack of mobility in the feet, ankles and hips, has reduced our ability to squat to the floor.
In this tutorial, we will teach you the basics of the deep squat. Take time to re-master control of posture and balance, along with economy of effort. When you have done this, you can improve strength further by adding load. With practice, your deep squat will become skilful, purposeful and playful.
Before performing the movement, let’s take a closer look at what is required in terms of stability and mobility during optimal squatting.
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