Today it was unseasonably warm so I really enjoyed my workout with my trainer Grant Hill. Until the end, that is, when I was humbled.
We were doing 5 minutes’ worth of “air squats” AMRAP — as many reps as possible. Sounds easy, and it is pretty straightforward. But after 45 seconds it is not easy.
What’s more, Grant kept telling me, “Go lower. Lower!” I began to get irked. I was going low already! (In my mind.) Why, I’m a hardcore yogi, I’m totally flexible. (In my mind.) So I knew for sure he was just trying to motivate me.
Then he said, “Hold it!” at the bottom of a squat. He took a photo and showed it to me. HUMBLED describes my reaction.
What I learned is the difference between feeling like I am squatting ass-to-the-grass . . . and ACTUALLY getting down in the dirt. I asked Grant to take a shot of one of my post-correction squats, just so I would not feel so bad.
Note that in the “good” squat (on the right), my legs make a line parallel with the ground. I helpfully drew it in. I can tell you, what that FELT like was that I was literally sitting an inch above the grass. By contrast, the lefthand side (the “bad” squat) felt like I was right where I needed to be.