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A blog about thriving and feeling awesome, by Brad Rourke

A Decent Squat Is Hard To Find

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.


  1. Angelique · March 5, 2013 Reply

    Alex says, “Now that you have reached powerlifting depth, you should try for Olympic weightlifting depth.”

    All kidding aside, he remembers all the guys who thought they were squatting deep enough until they entered a powerlifting meet and got a rude awakening from the judges.

  2. Noelle McAfee · April 12, 2014 Reply

    Is there a reason that your torso is so bent over? Why not just go from standing, with feet spread apart and slightly pointing out, to just squatting down?

  3. bradrourke · June 12, 2014 Reply

    Noelle, I think the reason is I was tired . . . this was at the end of 100 squats I believe.

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