Let’s face it, we’re all having challenges right now with social distancing and impacts to our routine. For health and fitness, this can mean a lack of access to equipment, and facilities we use to exercise. If our biggest challenge during COVID19 is a lack of exercise facilities, we’re among the very fortunate.
Being grateful and having perspective is very important, but let’s get rid of this notion that you need equipment to exercise. This You Tube video is a tutorial of the Squat, no equipment required. I breakdown the exercise into a step by step approach, including 3 safety tips you must practice at all times.
The squat is also an exercise that you can do regardless of your strength, flexibility, and fitness level. In addition to the body weight free standing squat, I demonstrate supported squats, and chair squats to show variations and a progression to add challenges as you get stronger and gain range of motion.
The progression is:
- Supported Squat (beginner version), until you can comfortably do this exercise, thighs parallel, for 3 sets of 10 reps.
- Chair or Box Squats, until you can do 3 sets of 10
- Free standing squats, only going as close to thighs parallel as you can while maintaining the three safety measures
Once you can squat thighs parallel, free standing, while maintaining the three safety measures, work up to 3 sets of 10. I am sure you will find that this concept/progression seems simple, but not easy when you try it.
Tune back in for more posts while social distancing, no equipment, no problem! Thank you for checking out my blog, be well everyone.
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