Squatting is seen as one of the holy grails in sports performance and fitness circles. Everybody wants a bigger squat.
Some want a deeper squat.
Some want the muscular legs that come from squatting.
Some want the improved lower body strength that will drive faster running and more explosive jumping.

The squat is firmly entrenched in the athletic conscience.

I had a client in Monday ask my for my two cents on squatting (specifically, how to squat with good form) so I thought I'd share it with y'all at the same time.

It's by no means definitive as books could be written on this but it will give you an outline on my views.

The outline is very simple and in a way, pretty extreme:

Forget about squatting better.
Work on making the way you you do EVERYTHING better.

There aren't many amongst us that habitually live in a state of being able to do exactly what we intend.

In treating ourselves as separate parts - "mind" and "body" - for so long, we now have problems doing what we want as an entire, unified being.

Poor squatting is an example of not being able to do what we intend; just a symptom of this separation. 

I propose the following idea:

Your intention to squat (or do anything else) is attached to a series of actions that currently add up to squatting (or doing whatever) the unsatisfactory way you currently do it.

This means the intention itself is therefore also unsatisfactory.

To change your squat, or anything, your intentions and means of carrying them out have to change.

Do this, and your upgraded squat will be accompanied by a similar upgrade in the way you do everything.

Forget about improving hip flexibility and ankle dorsiflexion. Working in such an isolated, mechanical manner with such an integrated, interconnected person will never bring about any real, long term gains.

Learn to sense better. Learn to intend better. These will allow you to do what you want more easily. (This is also the way to rehabilitate many sports injuries).

The odds are that if you're reading this, you're interested in some sort of sports performance gains. Think of the implications of being able to do more of what you want in your sport. Isn't that do much more exciting than having a better squat anyway?

Isn't that what you're really training for?

Have both or try in vain to just have the isolated result. Your call.

 

Arton "Do what you want, play like you want" Baleci