Friday, October 15, 2010

Bikini Body Move #3 - Bodyweight (Air) Squats

Since I am determined to have a "Daisy Duke Booty" by summer I figured I'd better add squats to my routine.  I have in the past avoided them because I kinda lack the flexibility to do "pretty" full-range of motion squats and I've stuck with lunges where I have much better form.  Buttt . . . the only way to get better at something is to work on it, so I am committing myself to perfecting my squat.  Aside from giving me a boootiful behind this should also help increase my flexibility.  I'm not even going for high reps or weighted squats right now, I'm working on getting lower into the squat and keeping my back straighter.  Besides if I'm going to fulfill my goal of personal training I best be able to perform a good form squat! How can I show others how to do it if I can't do it myself :?

So I took A LOT  of video of me squatting :D and I looked up some professional videos, critiqued myself try to improve my form, more video . . .   First I am going to post a seriously awesome video I found plus its got some eye candy :)  Then there is my best squats which aren't so pretty, and that should tell you a lot about the previous ones I taped =X.

If you want really good instruction on how to do a bodyweight squat watch this:



That one guy makes them look soooo easy, gaahhh I'm jealous but also motivated :)

And below is my video:



Song: "Memory" by Sugarcult

My critiques: I am leaning wayyy forward and I am not getting low enough, but with my current flexibility level that's about the best I can do.  When I try to go lower I get totally off balance and fall over.   I'm going to tryout squats while being supported by a medicine ball against a wall, maybe I can get deeper into it that way.  I would like to add some weight to these once I am comfortable with the basic bodyweight squat.

Hopefully this post will help you improve your squat form and/ or inspire you to add them to your repertoire :)

7 comments:

screwdestiny said...

Hey Katie, just found your blog and I like it! Am now following. :) Good luck with getting better at the squats! I think it's good that you recognized an exercise that you need improvement on and are working to do that. Feel free to check out my blog where I'm working to lose just a few pounds like you are (and yes, it's hard!).

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The White Whimsies said...

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Katie said...

Thank You both for following!
Screwdestiny: I stopped by your blog and I think we have a lot in common in that we are both trying to get into the best shape for ourselves :)

David Grim said...

Katie,

Maybe try and do those squats barefoot. Running shoes have a high heel and you want to be on your heels not toes. I also need to work on my flexibility and doing that helps.

David

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Squats will do it! Also holding a 20 pound kiddo while doing lunges helps the workout ;-)

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