Practice the squat and deadlift motion before you load them. The Squat to Stand is a great movement to include in your warm-up on lower body day. It’s an especially key warm-up exercise if you have squats or deadlifts in your workout.
BENEFITS: This movement includes both a hip hinge and a deep squat. It’s great for hip mobility and for grooving your squat and hip hinge patterns.
COACHING KEYS: Maintain a flat back as you take a bow to your toes. Pull your butt to the floor while pulling your chest up and forward. Imagine a laser pointing out of the center of your chest. Point the laser at the floor in the hinge (first motion) and point the laser straight ahead at the wall in the squat (second motion). Imagine a string attached to your back belt loop that pulls your butt up to the ceiling when you return.
HOW TO USE: Use this as a warm-up for lower body day or any activity. It’s also a great break from a long flight, car ride or day at the desk
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