The Air Squat
Arguably the most important foundational movement here at PLT4M. The basis of fitness, performance and a healthy life, squatting is something everyone should master. We spend a lot of time introducing the movement to new athletes and cementing proper mechanics before adding intensity or variation to the equation.
At it’s most basic, the air squat demands that we continually and consistently adhere to 4 “Points of Performance”. Here, we just briefly review them, but if you are curious as to more of the “what” and “why” behind each of these coaching points, please feel free to search through to our other videos, specific to each and every aspect of the movement!
Not surprisingly, we believe in squatting correctly every single time. True mastery of the movement requires repeated practice and constant review of the technique.
To that end, let’s just take a minute to review our 4 points of performance:
- Entire foot in contact with the ground
- Lumbar curve maintained
- Knees tracking toes
- Hips descending below parallel (hip joint below the knee joint).
Each and every time you or your athletes dive into squatting, make sure all of the above points are at the forefront of your mind. Get intimate with the details. The ability to dial in great technique day in and day out makes a world of difference.