Thursday 1.16 : When is a Squat Not Really a Squat?

Thursday 1.16 : When is a Squat Not Really a Squat?


When you don’t go below parallel! BAM, blog done!

Seriously though, when is a squat not a squat? I guess we could debate this into it being a trick question, because really a squat is only when you move your body so your hip crease drops below your knees with your feet flat on the floor while standing. See if you don’t get your hips below your knees, it is not a squat, hence the trick question part of this.

My point is anyone who has been with us for any decent length of time knows that we as coaches at CrossFit Lando are big on doing things the “right” way. When we talk about right here we are talking about doing movements so they are the safest and most effective ways you can do them. Why is that?

Safe, well that should be obvious. We want you to improve your fitness here. Staying safe and therefore healthy is a major part to that piece.

Effective, now that is the other major part, because being healthy in our terminology also means being fit. To get the best fitness you can you need to have intensity, and to have intensity in workouts you need to do things to the most extreme and effective degree possible.

This is why when we squat, do push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, whatever it may be we always are on you about range of motion standards. Inherently we are pushing you to do things the safest way possible, but we are also asking, no commanding, no coaching you to do things the most effective and therefore most intense way possible.

So I come back to my original question about when a squat isn’t a squat. Well, how about when it is? A squat IS a squat when it is done to it’s most effective way possible, which is getting your hips below your knees (or to the lowest and closest you can possibly get to there because remember, safety and health). The same can be said for when a push-up is a push-up, a pull-up is a pull-ups, and so on. Everything you do here should be done with the intent of making it the most intense possible therefore getting you the most fit possible. This means both in and out of class, working with coaches and your peers or on your own.

The moment you cut those corners is the moment you stop pursuing the best fitness you can here at CrossFit Lando, both from a health and safety standpoint and an effectiveness and intensity place. So get those squats as deep as they go, and everything else, just do as your coaches tell you.


Strength: Strict Press

  • After each set perform 12 Sumo DL High Pull with KB, HEAVY

WOD: 4 Rounds
10 KB Swings 53/35
10 Box Jumps 24/20
– After last round perform
3 Rounds
20/15 Cal AB Sprint
4 Wall Climbs

S: 2 Wall Climbs, 35/26 Eye High, Step Ups
L1: 3 Wall Climbs 53/35 Eye High
Rx+: 5 Wall Climbs 70/53, 30/24

Lift: Push Press

Lift 2: Press

WOD: 4 Rounds
10 KB Swings 53/35
10 Box Jumps 24/20
then 20/15 Cal AB Sprint

The Program: Rest Day

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