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Improve Your Squat Depth with This Simple Stretch

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Today we’re going to focus on the Achilles tendon, calf, and ankle. Working on this area can have a tremendous impact on your ability to get all the way down into the bottom of a squat. So if squat depth is a problem area for you, watch this video and make this stretch a part of your daily habits.

All you need to do this stretch is a wall or a couch. Spend about five minutes on each side and experiment with rotating your body to find the places that need more work. While stretching is not necessarily “comfortable,” it also should not be painful. To avoid injury, be patient and don’t push too hard.

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.