“Who knows that they’re not the prettiest mover on the face of the Earth?” Pat Sherwood asks. Amongst the trainers ready to refine their movement is Michael Giardina of CrossFit Atlanta, who’s ready to attack a weakness: the air squat.
The coaches improve Giardina’s movement using two different but complementary approaches.
Nicole Christensen of CrossFit Roots is the first up to bat. She identifies a loss of lumber curve and a bounce or “booty pop” out of the bottom. She improves his lumbar control with a cue to “stay tight” at the bottom of the squat and “squeeze up” instead of bounce.
Justin Bergh of CrossFit Southside provides another approach to fix the loss of lumbar curve. His method is to attack Giardina’s inflexibility by having him actively squeeze his hip flexors while squatting.
“The goal’s not to get down; the goal is to get up effectively,” Bergh says.
Additional reading: Virtuosity by Greg Glassman, published Aug. 1, 2005.