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Don't Be That Guy! - Sumo Squatting

Posted Nov 29 2008 12:25pm


Don't be that Guy is dedicated to helping prevent common mistakes made at the gym. Through this post you will maximize your workouts, become a savvy exerciser, improve your health club etiquette and most importantly ensure you won't be THAT GUY OR GIRL!
  

Today's Guy:


'Sumo Squatting' Guy


They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 

So apparently 'Sumo squatting' guy secretly envies wearing large adult DEPENDS, tipping the scale at 400+ lbs, and having a larger chest than Dolly Parton and Pamela Anderson combined!  Remind me again why we want to imitate Sumo wrestlers?

This exercise move is even more popular among the ladies, but when they do it the exercise is called a pile (like the ballet position) squat. Could you image what would happen if it switched?

Okay, Big Tony we are going to have you do some piles and let's have you put on that pink tutu to challenge your core. 

However this squatting technique caught on, it may be best tosquashit from our routines because of it's risky nature. 


Why No Mo' Sumo?



1. There is no difference in  stress on the knee no matter the position of the feet as long as the kneesstay aligned with the tips of the shoes.


2. However, the research doesn't say how it can effect thelower back and  hips!


3. To keep knees  aligned with the toes during this exercise, the hip mustexternally rotate(turn outwards). 

4. This shortens the glute   max (butt) and piriformis (hips) putting both of these muscles that connect to your pelvis into a  weakened state.


5. Because these muscles (which are responsible for accelerating upward) are weakened, the inner thigh muscles need toexponential work harderto help out.


6. This is why exercisers 'feel it' on the inner thigh, what they are  'feeling' is thewrong muscles doing the work.


7. Most individuals have postural distortions, hyperactive (or tight) muscles, and altered movement patterns, which when combined with an exercise that exacerbates these problems and makes the body work in a less than optimal manner we can develop anything from: lower back pain toevenshoulder pain. 


What We Can Learn From This Guy:


  • When squatting keep your feetstraight aheadlike your are on skis

  • Only have the feet abouthip(not shoulder) width apart.

  • You will use more glute  in the exercise and prevent injuries!


Nominate another 'Guy' or 'Girl' Not To Be!


Don't be that Guy is dedicated to helping prevent common mistakes made at the gym. Through this post you will maximize your workouts, become a savvy exerciser, improve your health club etiquette and most importantly ensure you won't be THAT GUY OR GIRL!
  

Today's Guy:


'Sumo Squatting' Guy


They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 

So apparently 'Sumo squatting' guy secretly envies wearing large adult DEPENDS, tipping the scale at 400+ lbs, and having a larger chest than Dolly Parton and Pamela Anderson combined!  Remind me again why we want to imitate Sumo wrestlers?

This exercise move is even more popular among the ladies, but when they do it the exercise is called a pile (like the ballet position) squat. Could you image what would happen if it switched?

Okay, Big Tony we are going to have you do some piles and let's have you put on that pink tutu to challenge your core. 

However this squatting technique caught on, it may be best tosquashit from our routines because of it's risky nature. 


Why No Mo' Sumo?



1. There is no difference in  stress on the knee no matter the position of the feet as long as the kneesstay aligned with the tips of the shoes.


2. However, the research doesn't say how it can effect thelower back and  hips!


3. To keep knees  aligned with the toes during this exercise, the hip mustexternally rotate(turn outwards). 

4. This shortens the glute   max (butt) and piriformis (hips) putting both of these muscles that connect to your pelvis into a  weakened state.


5. Because these muscles (which are responsible for accelerating upward) are weakened, the inner thigh muscles need toexponential work harderto help out.


6. This is why exercisers 'feel it' on the inner thigh, what they are  'feeling' is thewrong muscles doing the work.


7. Most individuals have postural distortions, hyperactive (or tight) muscles, and altered movement patterns, which when combined with an exercise that exacerbates these problems and makes the body work in a less than optimal manner we can develop anything from: lower back pain toevenshoulder pain. 


What We Can Learn From This Guy:


  • When squatting keep your feetstraight aheadlike your are on skis

  • Only have the feet abouthip(not shoulder) width apart.

  • You will use more glute  in the exercise and prevent injuries!


Nominate another 'Guy' or 'Girl' Not To Be!


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