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Squat to Strengthen: Discovering the Cornerstone of Functional Fitness

Squat to Strengthen: Discovering the Cornerstone of Functional Fitness

When we talk about building a strong foundation for virtually all movements, both inside and outside the gym, we can’t overlook the significance of the air squat. This fundamental exercise not only strengthens your legs but enhances your core, improves your flexibility, and boosts your overall athleticism. Mastering the air squat with proper technique is crucial because it’s not just an exercise; it’s a natural and safe movement that humans have been performing for centuries – from the time our ancestors squatted to gather food, rest, or prepare for action. Doing the air squat correctly ensures you reap all its benefits while minimizing the risk of injury.

Here’s a straightforward guide on how to perform the air squat with precision:

Start With Your Stance: Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed slightly outward.
Initiate the Movement: Begin by pushing your hips back as if you’re about to sit in a chair, keeping your chest up and your head facing forward.
Depth is Key: Lower yourself down, keeping the weight in your heels, until your hips are below your knees. Imagine you’re trying to sit into a low chair.
Maintain Core Stability: Engage your core throughout the movement, ensuring your knees don’t bow inward.
Rise and Repeat: Drive through your heels, extending your hips and knees until you return to the starting position.

Watch this video: Your Guide to Perfecting the Air Squat

Performing air squats incorrectly can lead to a couple of risks. Without proper form, you might strain your knees, especially if they collapse inward during the squat. Additionally, failing to maintain a neutral spine by over-arching or rounding your back could cause unnecessary back pain or injury.

How to Get Started With The Air Squat

If you’re new to air squats, here’s a simple workout to get you started:

Perform 3 sets of 10-15 air squats.
Rest for 30-60 seconds between sets.
Focus on form rather than speed or volume.
As you become more comfortable, increase the number of repetitions, sets, or decrease the rest time between sets to challenge yourself further.

The air squat is more than just a basic exercise; it’s a building block for strength, mobility, and endurance. Its value in a functional fitness regimen cannot be overstated, providing a solid foundation for both beginners and seasoned athletes to build upon. To truly harness the power of the air squat and ensure you’re performing it with the best technique, it’s beneficial to have expert coaching.

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