Category Archives: Exercise of the Week

The Beginning of a Squat Depth Discussion

Squat depth has been a hot topic for the last few years. So what? Exactly! So what?!

Here’s what; your ability to squat, regardless of depth, is your ability to coordinate your body in relationship to flexion and extension of your ankles, knees, hips, lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and cervical spine.

Again, you ask, so what?

Well, think about the movements that require these specific ranges of motion: sitting and standing anywhere, depressing a vehicle pedal, grabbing something off of a high shelf or in a low cabinet.

ADL is an acronym that is used regularly in the exercise world, it stands for Activities of Daily Living. For most of us the activities I listed above are ADL’s, so we must do what we can to maintain the ability to perform them as long as possible. Does that mean you need to squat down to the point where your ass is on the ground with 600 pounds on your back?

In an ideal perfect world we’d all be able to move pain free through natural ranges of motion. We don’t live in that world, so what should we do. As with all aspects of life, do the best you can…

What is the best you can? If you don’t know what I’m talking about ask… This should be an open discussion.

The below clip is me demonstrating a front squat… I can be knit picky with technique and biomechanical observations that irritate me, but I’ll curtail my judgements for a future discussion.