Today’s “stretch” is simple — squat, and stay there. You’re going to work toward the goal of sitting in a squat position with no assistance for ten minutes.
That’s going to be harder than you think, but it will also pay-off in ways you don’t expect. This stretch will help you increase mobility in your hips, knees, ankles, and thoracic spine, as well as working your calves, quads, glutes, and back muscles. Strangely enough, sitting still in a squat will help you move better in so many ways!
Test yourself and see how long you can last. When you first start working on your squat mobility, you may only make it a minute or two. If you can’t make it for ten minutes in one shot, see if you can accumulate ten minutes over the course of the day.
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.
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