If I was stranded on a desert island and could only do one exercise for the rest of my life it would be the squat. It is one of the most fundamental positions of the human body.” ~ Adam White, Co-Founder CrossFit Revenge
Guest Blogger Adam White, Co-Founder of CrossFit Revenge and Fitness Guru, joins us to discuss his go-to exercise for optimal health and wellness.
Before we had furniture, we had three positions: stand, squat, lay down. For many people contemporary living has destroyed their ability to squat, but just watch any toddler reach down to pick something up and she will drop perfectly into a full squat position like an Olympic lifter. The squat actively works every muscle between the knees and the hips through its full range of motion, as well as engaging the calves and spinal erectors, isometrically the core is always engaged to stabilize the spine as it moves with the hips. Furthermore, it is a dynamic stretch for the quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves and back.
Essentially, if you don’t have a healthy squat, you don’t have a healthy body.
However, I wouldn’t encourage anyone to limit their scope or look for easy answers when it comes to health and fitness. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, There ain’t no easy way out, there ain’t going to be any easy way out, there never has been an easy way out, that’s the answer. People need to embrace the concept that human body is intended for incredible purposes. Not to say that everyone must be an elite athlete, or even do CrossFit, but people should learn to use their bodies and find some physical activity that they enjoy doing.
By doing so, you will live better, live longer and gain more satisfaction from your life.