The squat: the foundational movement. We can’t work on it enough, and because time is often so limited, the front squat and overhead squat are often trained independently of the air squat and become—in the minds of the kids—distinct movements of their own. And when kids don’t see the compatibility between these different kinds of squats, the possibility for movement inconsistencies arises.
Keeping all this in mind, I came up with the five-point squat drill as a way to reinforce the points of performance of these three foundational movements in an efficient manner that allows trainers to easily spot and correct some of the most common mechanical flaws, keeps children engaged so they remain in the bottom of the squat longer than they might otherwise, and demonstrates to the kids the continuity between the air squat, the front squat and the overhead squat.
To begin, the three squats are taught as separate movements. This allows kids to better absorb the differences in each movement. Once the kids have been introduced to the air, front and overhead squats—and this does not have to occur during the same class—the movements are brought together in the five-point squat drill.