squat like a baby

Squat Like a Baby

squat like a babyFor many, visual cues are helpful when learning new lifting techniques. If you want to know what an efficient squat looks like, observe a baby/toddler squatting – he/she will have perfect squatting form almost every time!

Note: Use common sense here. Before you dash off to a local park to check out some neighborhood kids playing, make sure you get permission first.😋 Don’t just sneak up on a random child to watch him/her doing his/her thing – you do not want to get pinned as a toddler-squat-watching-creeper! There is no guarantee that the cops will believe you when you tell them that you were just “checking out the kid’s squatting technique.” 🙂

Look at this form! 

Squat like a baby

Squat Like A Baby

 This approach is not for everyone
Kids have great squatting form, but, they do not have the same skeletal structure or injury histories as most adults. If you can perform a squat like a baby and do so with pain-free range of motion and maintain control during the movement, that’s great! If you can’t squat like a baby, don’t sweat it. If you are unable to squat deeply, you are not inferior by any means.
You may have muscular imbalances, joint issues and/or postural distortions that limit your range of motion and positioning. That is OK. What you need to do is seek out professional help so that you can address these conditions before getting jiggy with the deep squats.

Each person is unique in their medical histories and ability levels – and we all need to respect this by stepping away from a one-size-fits-all approach. Do not force the process. Do what works for you, work hard at making positive changes and be consistent while doing so. Attention to mobility, flexibility and strength work combined with consistent practice may lead to baby-like squatting in your future. Woohoo!

What do you think?
  • Can you squat like a baby? Why or why not?

If you have children in your family or work with children, I want to hear from you.

  • Do you agree? Do children have awesome squatting form?

Share your comments and/or photos below!

Happy squatting!

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