Most trainers will tell you that a squat is inviolate. That the same squat stance is used for all the squats. The same squat for the O-lift landing stance too.
However, a good trainer knows that there is a squat for all occasions. Every movement calls for a different squat.
For example, my overhead squat stance has a wider footprint than my squat clean stance. My Tabata stance is also wider and I drive the hips further back to make use of the tightness in the hips to rebound out of the hole as fast as possible.
The squat is utterly integral to CrossFit and an experienced CrossFitter experiments with the squat, learns the intracies of the various movements in the CrossFit reptoire, and every advantage that can be gained by slight adjustments and tweaks.
Using the same stance for every squat can lead to repetitive motion injuries. In CrossFit we squat a lot. Small changes in your stance and movement patterns can go a long way to safeguarding your joints.
Every exercise demands its own unique movement. Try to find the movement that maximizes both efficiency and efficacy.
How do you change your squats dependent upon the movement? What exercises demand different stances?
I hope to see everyone tonight or tomorrow for CF West’s open house at 7PM. We will have some appetizers and some drinks. Family, friends, all are welcome
AMRAP in 10 minutes
1 Deadlift 1 1/2 bw
1 Clean bw
2 Muscle Ups
2 Box Jumps 40/35″
3 Handstand Pushups
3 Kettlebell Swings 73/53#
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