They've got me riled enough to bring me out of blogging hibernation so you can assume it's pretty bad. I'm back to set the record straight or at least give my two cents.

There have been a lot of articles circulating online recently saying that buttwinking is good for you. For those of you that aren't familiar with the term buttwinking, I'd best explain it's not that thing you do when you see a nice ass. Buttwinking is the thing people do as they try to get deeper into a squat that they don't currently possess the mobility to authentically get deeper into. It looks like the pic to the right side.

Good squatting starts with bending ankles, knees and hips with the pelvis tilting anteriorly and the spine extending. Good squatting stops and buttwinking starts with the loss of these actions and is most easily identified by the posterior tilting of the pelvis and the rounding of the lower back. The tailbone dips down and under relatively quickly, hence the term "buttwinking".

There are quite a few fitness gurus out there that now advocate the buttwink. Since buttwinking negates many of the fitness, health, safety and mobility effects of proper squatting, I can only assume that they do so because they don't know how to resolve a buttwink or they do but they don't want to do the work necessary to do so because it generally means working with less weight and lots of fitness-obsessed individuals in their target audience don't want to hear about deloading. Less weight only equates to going backwards, doesn't it?

No, and because I'm not a fitness guy, I'm not a guru and my squat is nowhere near perfect, I feel the need to shout out against this lunacy.

Buttwinking isn't the worst thing in the world. You probably won't die doing it. I've even seen world records set with buttwinking. It just isn't the same as squatting, minimises the benefits and performance of squatting (even in those world record cases I just mentioned) and increases risk of lower back injury.

Generally, it can be improved and by getting more mobility in the ankles. It's as simple as that (although improving ankle mobility is a simple solution, it isn't necessarily easy to do using conventional methods).

Maybe you don't squat at all and think this article isn't relevant to you but if you play a sport and/or are interested in moving well into old age, you may want to think again.

Having a body that can easily squat without a buttwink whether you squat or not indicates that you have good ankle mobility and good pelvic and spinal control - key attributes to maximise physical athletic performance in nearly every sport.

You can buttwink away for the rest of your sporting days. You can also drive your car with your eyes closed and your feet on the wheel. While you could get away with these strategies, neither is a great idea. At least know you won't be hoodwinked into thinking a buttwink and a squat are the same thing.

Arton ;) Baleci
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