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-Myth Busters: Squats Part 1 – “Shoulder Width Stance Squat” Technique-


Happy Election Day!

I hope you vote! I got it done this morning!

I wanted to share a blog post with you. With it being Election Day, my mind has wandered to the misinformation, negativity, and propaganda surrounding this election. I am ready for it to be over, lol 🙂

I feel that many people are much more aware of our current issues and as a result, people who have never even cared about voting are going out and doing just that.

I have always been a bit of a skeptic, and tend to challenge group thought. Without going off on a ramble about my opinions on human nature, it is best that I just say that those of us in the fitness profession are inclined to go along with the majority view. It is safer to not “buck the system” and instead, agree with the current beliefs without investing any time or effort into one’s own research of them.

So, in typical Sarah fashion, I have been working on my upcoming book and took a “break” to do some searching online. I have come across some pretty interesting reads, and want to share this one with y’all:

Myth Busters: Squats Part 1 – “Shoulder Width Stance Squat” Technique.

It definitely made me think. It is not rocket science, and I tend to prescribe squat progressions with various stances (ie: Gary Gray’s “matrix”). There are no “bad” variations (for the most part, but that’s an entirely separate blog post altogether), but there ARE those who bad about knowing exactly what is going on as their client performs an exercise. It is too easy to prescribe exercises without giving much thought to the chain of events set off in the body as they are performed. Simple adjustments such as changing foot position can make a tremendous difference. It all goes back to having a secure grasp on functional anatomy and biomechanics. In closing, always make sure you have a reason behind each and every exercise you prescribe for your clients. Know how to adjust any and all variables in the moment to adapt an exercise to their ability.

…and I really dig this quote, which I felt was appropriate on Election Day:

“It’s historical continuity that maintains most assumptions, not repeated assessment of their validity” – Edward DeBono

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