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 need different cues than adults. Yelling “Maintain your lumbar curve!” and “Knees out!” at five-year-olds won’t get the results you want, so Martin has devised a host of cues that are easier for children to grasp.
Martin’s solutions are efficient, allowing a trainer to quickly fix problems in a large group without risking losing the other athletes. They can also be integrated into a fun workout so the kid doesn’t have to sit through lengthy one-on-one squat sessions that may become tedious and boring.
As an added bonus, Martin’s techniques will work pretty well with adults who drop their chests, collapse at the bottom and roll their knees in.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: CrossFit Kids: Forging Future Achievers by Cyndi Rodi, published Aug. 1, 2008.