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February 15, 2013 - 6:25 am

Butts are not supposed to be weight-bearing surfaces. Feet and hands are. And you are supposed to use the below position for active rest or for getting yourself down and up:

Indeed, what you see in the above picture is normal, healthy human range of motion. Just about everyone alive prior to the spread of chairs had this range of motion. Today, you typically only see this among people heavily involved in certain activities, like martial arts.

Think about what mobility issues generally plague the elderly: getting in and out of a car, or a chair, or picking things up off the ground. Or, in more serious situations, picking themselves up off the ground. Now, think about how much better their lives would be if they could competently do full squats.

Listen up, Brad from Newark: among other things, “functional” movements are A) movements invented by your genes, not by people, and B) movements that a proficiency with is necessary for quality of life.

You could live well now without being able to do full squats, but you most definitely could not 100,000 years ago. And you still could definitely have a safer adulthood today if you can do them.

If you don’t do anything at the gym for the rest or your life besides attempt to master the squat — doing it fast, and repeatedly for different intervals of time, and with increasing weight, and with a full range of motion — you will still be an incredibly fit person, and more ready for the demands of life and of aging.

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