First I would like to congratulate Sherry M. for the most improved push up in April. She scaled back and really made some big strides in her form.  This month we are going to shift our focus from the push up to the squat! So many people have GREAT questions about the technicalities of movement, and this is a great way to open up the door for discussion and improvement.

First, let’s just remind ourselves that every body is different. No two squats will look the same unless the people have the exact same lever lengths (arms/legs/torso) and the exact same structure. Clearly that is not a reality! In classes this month we will discuss some important points and get you squatting to the best of your ability. Here are some topics we will focus on:

1) Hip Mobility – stretching out the “crouch” position.

2) Squat width – it can help to widen it out, especially if you have knee issues!

3) Ankle Mobility – it has more to do with squat depth that you would think.

4) Core Function – engage, and goes back to 1 because without the mobility we lack core stability!

5) Upper Body Position – different for everyone – dependent on torso length

6) Squat Variations

7) Arm Variations

squat-72Check to see that weight is in the heels at 90 degrees as shown, if so, drop it lower!

Most of us think we have our squat down, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement. I’m looking forward to making this month a technical month and getting my SQUAT REPS in during May!

Happy Sweating!  :) Coach M


Gumsaba Outdoor Fitness Class schedule Wednesday 4/2/14


5:30AM Womens only Sunrise class – Coach Karen – HIIT Bodyweight Cardio Core


5:30AM Sunrise Danville Mens only class – Coach Allen


6AM Sunup Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Briana – HIIT Bodyweight Cardio Core


8:15AM Sunrise Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Briana – HIIT Bodyweight Cardio Core


9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens only class – Coach Michelle – HIIT Bodyweight Cardio Core


11:30PM Cytosport Boot camp Lite Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) TRX Circuit


12:30PM Cytosport Boot camp Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) TRX Circuit


4PM Cytosport Yoga Benicia – Coach Matt (private class)