Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Exercise of the Week - Air Squats
If you're not familiar with Air Squats, you are probably laughing that an UNWEIGHTED squat is worthy of mention as an "exercise" at all. Oh, how wrong you are!
I actually wholeheartedly believe the Air Squat to be the MOST functional movement of all. It builds balance, core stability, and anaerobic capacity...along with leg muscular endurance.
The women in this video are very accomplished CrossFitters. Their speed and pace are nearly unmatched. Do NOT compare your own pace with theirs. For them, ripping out 50 squats is no sweat. For beginners (with little to no current fitness activity), I recommend starting with 3 to 5 sets of 5 or 10. Anything more than that will likely affect the next day's ability to walk. haha
During the movement, remind yourself to press through your heels. It will help your balance and form.