The Air Squat is the first of the 9 CrossFit Movements
Whether you are a trainer, gym owner, or just an average Joe that wants to get in shape with CrossFit, I highly recommend you master the 9 CrossFit movements. Learning how to perform them effectively as an athlete or as coach will drastically improve your personal fitness and that of your client’s.
Remember: Fit clients tell all their friends and fit Joe’s take their shirts off at the beach…so become a better CrossFitter or Coach by mastering the basics!
The squat is a fundamental movement that is a part of our human evolutionary biology. It is not an ‘exercise’ created by a trainer or coach, it is a natural human movement. Everyone can and should squat.
Squatting is not bad for the knees, in fact, it is necessary for healthy joints (and helps the hips and back as well). If you don’t squat you don’t have functioning and healthy knees. The use it for lose it concept very much applies to the squat just as it does to the brain and the rest of the body.
Scaling options for the squat are many but my favorite is a box. Position a box at the heels of a weak squatter and have them sit down. Then have them stand up following the same knee-to-foot plane in which they sat down. Then do reps of this. That’s it.
Common Squat Fault: Dropping Shoulders
Common Squat Fault: Missing Depth
The “good but not great” Squat: Missing Depth
*Thanks to Carrie Norman for modeling these pictures