January 8, 2015
Drs. Cody and Kaitlin chose 2 questions to answer simultaneously:
What should a good squat look like? and How do you keep your chest up during a squat?
In the picture above, Dr. Kaitlin demonstrates her favorite versions of the air squat.
The first is a standard squat (what most people look like when you ask them to perform a squat). Notice she is looking directly in front of her, her spine is in a neutral position, her feet are approximately hip-width apart with her toes pointing mostly forward. This squat version is a great starting point!
The next picture is a progression from the first squat. In this picture, Dr. Kaitlin demonstrates a squat with her hands behind her head. This type of squat is suggested for people interested in beginning squatting in a front or back rack position.
The third picture is the final progression in this series. It is the precursor for someone who is ready to begin overhead squatting. This variation requires more mid-back and shoulder mobility and even more core motor control.
It is important to remember that this is a progression series of squats. It takes time and practice to become efficient at these movements. But, with consistency you should see a steady improvement in the upright position of your torso and have a great recipe for any squat challenge you're ready to tackle!
Thanks so much everyone who shared, commented, emailed, etc. Be sure to post more questions next Tuesday.