Overview & Demo
From a standing position, lower your body using knee and hip flexion until the crease in your hips rests lower than your knees. Return to the starting position by standing, extending the knee and hip joints. Safe/efficient technique requires the weight to stay in the heels, the knees out to a position equal to, or wider than, the toes, and the spine as neutral as possible.
No equipment required for this movement
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CrossFit Journal Articles
The Squat Clinic, by Coach Greg Glassman, is a comprehensive guide to our most foundational movement. Photographs outline 23 points of performance for a sound squat, common faults and cues to correct them.
Mike G. Learns to Squat
“Who knows that they’re not the prettiest mover on the face of the Earth?” Pat Sherwood asks. Amongst the trainers ready to refine their movement is Michael Giardina of CrossFit Atlanta, who’s ready to attack a weakness: the air squat. The coaches impr
Keeping Your Adductors Strong
Knees rolling in on squats and pulls? Bill Starr explains how you can fix the problem by working on your adductors, which will translate to more weight on the bar.
Coaches Prep Course: Coaching the Squat
CrossFit’s compound movements get great results but require a great deal of work on the part of the athlete. A squat may be one of the most common movements in the world, but a good squat is rarer and requires technique, flexibility, strength and body c
At the Chalkboard: Just Squat
A host of things can produce a poor squat. Limited range of motion, shaky balance, lack of flexibility, low strength—all can result in a squat that will make a trainer cringe. Some will attempt to work on deficiencies in order to get a client to squa
CrossFit Kids: Fixing the Squat With Jeff Martin
Many kids squat better than their parents because they haven’t picked up 20 years of bad habits and tight muscles earned sitting behind a desk eight hours a day. Still, some kids need help with their squats, but Jeff Martin of CrossFit Kids says they
Maggie Dabe from CrossFit Fairfax is one of CrossFit HQ’s traveling seminar trainers. She is originally from Ecuador, and explains our standard cues and faults for the air squat entirely in Spanish.
Pat Sherwood is one of CrossFit HQ’s top trainers. He spends the majority of his time traveling around the world presenting at Level 1 and Level 2 seminars. In this video, he is captured teaching the basic squat at the Maine State Police Criminal Jus
You Don't Know Squat without an "Active Hip"
Drawing on more than 30 years in the fitness industry, Mark Rippetoe writes that an "active hip" can help clean up problems associated with the squat. Dr. Stef Bradford and Dr. Lon Kilgore, Rippetoe's long-time collaborators, also contributed to
Two Training Aids
It has long been said that necessity is the mother of invention and this month we give support to that adage with two exceedingly simple inventions. Both devices address problems that have long plagued our training efforts.
CrossFit Coach's Prep Course
The movements page is a breakdown from your workout programming. It is a great tool for analysis, but it does not show you how to effectively design, scale or evaluate your programming. We highly recommend attending the CrossFit Coach's Prep Course to learn how. We attended the course and learned a lot. Check out the Intro To Course video by Chris Spealler and Nicole Caroll.