A couple weeks ago, I met a martial arts school owner who had been suffering with knee pain. Her husband, a long-time customer, advised her to begin doing Hindu squats. She agreed to give them a whirl, and to her surprise, her knee pain vanished.
She wondered how this bodyweight squat helped eliminate her pain. I told her the reason is counter to what most of the fitness schmexperts claim, i.e. that if your knees go over your toes when you squat, you’ll shear your knee joints and injure yourself.
The fact is your knees are designed to go over your toes when you squat. If you look at how ballet dancers train, you’ll see some clues. Dancers have incredibly strong legs, yet they don’t follow the standard fitness protocols of the day, never have and never will.
All throughout Asia you will see people sitting in a deep squat position with their knees over their toes. Sitting in a squat is natural for them because they’ve never stopped doing it. But in the western whirld, where we think we know everything about what the human body is supposed to be able to do, we ignore the evidence that is readily observable.
Those who do bodyweight squats with their knees over their toes tend to have far healthier knees than people who don’t.
Does this mean that everyone can or should do squats with their knees over their toes? No, it doesn’t.
There is no one exercise fits all, including certain types of squats. Even so, chances are excellent that doing bodyweight squats the way el Furecat teaches, will benefit you greatly.
You can learn the basics in my Combat Conditioning book and DVDs.
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Yes, I boil it all down for those of you who don’t have time for an hour of exercise a day, much less the 15-30 minutes I typically recommend.
One Exercise a Day.
Total workout time is only a few minutes.
And your body changes in an almost unbelievable fashion.
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The best time to begin is always NOW.