Sunday, March 25, 2012

Squatting and Why It's an Important Movement for Runners

It has been a while since I've posted. I apologize for that. Sometime real life gets in the way of maintaining this blog. However, I intend to keep on posting, and I have many posts planned for the future.

I see many runners who are unable to execute a proper squat. Why is this a bad thing? The squat is a fundamental human movement, and the inability to squat properly exposes many problems with joint mobility which can interfere with your ability to run well. Limited mobility can also make you more prone to injury, but more importantly, as you get older, it can greatly affect your quality of life, and your ability to do everyday tasks.

The reason many runners have this problem is simple, they usually doing a lot of running and not much of anything else. I've always advised all runners to round out their running with workouts designed to improve strength/power, flexibility/mobility, and balance/coordination.

I've found a great resource for people with mobility problems on YouTube which is the sanfranciscocrossfit channel. The videos below just scratch the surface of what available there, so if you're interested in finding out even more please check it out.

Here are some of the videos I like on squatting.

Proper squatting technique

Videos on Improving the the mobility necessary to to a proper squat

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