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The Third World Squat
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:19:03 AM »
Want to be able to squat like a real non-chair bound person?

I have just the thing for you!

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010, 10:01:29 AM »
I've spent significant time in third world countries (growing up in one and working in a few others) and have found people in particularly poor areas to be much closer to a paleo lifestyle in general. Food is closer to real food and people know that meat (protein / fat) is king and carbs are fillers. They may eat some non paleo carbs as staples, but know that they must eat fish, chicken or some meat with almost every meal. They also tend to have great postures, whether standing, sitting or napping, and are usually quite strong and fit.

When these people get Westernized and get an office job, replace light clothes and slippers with suits and shoes and don't have time or energy to cook traditional food often, that's when they became fat and unfit. Luckily for them, there's usually a homemaker in the cohabitant extended family unit (sometimes the wife, other times other people), so they have access to home made food and stay generally healthy.



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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2010, 02:47:36 PM »
Wow, I can't do this without holding on.   I am adding it to my new yoga routine. It has to be good for you :)

thanks for posting.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010, 11:33:49 AM »
Wow, I can't do this without holding on.   I am adding it to my new yoga routine. It has to be good for you :)

thanks for posting.

Watch for the tail-bone tuck at the very bottom. I'd recommend not going that low for a while. Use a mirror, you'll see what I mean

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 08:27:09 AM »
Want to be able to squat like a real non-chair bound person?

I have just the thing for you!

I do these everyday as part of my warm up.  Even on non-training days I do these.
I do mine standing in front of a wall with my arms raised OH and try to get my knees as close to the wall as I can w/o falling back.  Butt to the floor, hips btw feet, arms OH, back tall.  It's amazing what kind of flexibility one can achieve  ;)


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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 08:34:05 AM »
I do these everyday as part of my warm up.  Even on non-training days I do these.
I do mine standing in front of a wall with my arms raised OH and try to get my knees as close to the wall as I can w/o falling back.  Butt to the floor, hips btw feet, arms OH, back tall.  It's amazing what kind of flexibility one can achieve  ;)

This is more about an actual hold, than an exercise. I try to do it every day at least once - squat and hold for 60s.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 08:51:07 AM »
I do these everyday as part of my warm up.  Even on non-training days I do these.
I do mine standing in front of a wall with my arms raised OH and try to get my knees as close to the wall as I can w/o falling back.  Butt to the floor, hips btw feet, arms OH, back tall.  It's amazing what kind of flexibility one can achieve  ;)

This is more about an actual hold, than an exercise. I try to do it every day at least once - squat and hold for 60s.

I usually do about 5 of them and hold at the bottom.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2010, 09:21:26 AM »
I guess I'm lucky in that I'm young and flexible from martial arts; I've always been able to squat like this! In fact, I was doing this whilst sanding my parents' stripped walls yesterday. I find it pretty comfortable :)

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2010, 10:26:00 AM »
I guess I'm lucky in that I'm young and flexible

Jerk  ;D

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2010, 11:27:04 AM »
I guess I'm lucky in that I'm young and flexible from martial arts; I've always been able to squat like this! In fact, I was doing this whilst sanding my parents' stripped walls yesterday. I find it pretty comfortable :)
I guess I'm old and flexible.  :D  This is a normal relaxing position for me.

I spend a lot of time glassing for game like this. I can rest my arms on my knees to keep my binocs steady.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2010, 10:17:49 PM »
I have no problem with this.  I attribute it to spending my teen years slouching or lying on a couch with bad posture instead of sitting up straight in chairs.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2010, 07:31:23 AM »
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I guess I'm old and flexible. 

Me too lol.  Quite often I’m in this position even at stores…places like home depot waiting for my man to finish drooling over the tools…which takes ForE-v-e-r!!!   

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2010, 08:16:16 AM »
Keep in mind that this is not the squat-on-toes. You people can all get into a flat-footed squat and rest the comfortably? I mean, I can, but am so off balance I need to shift back and forth a lot, and all that shifting makes my hips uncomfortable after like 30s

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2010, 08:38:40 AM »
Jerk  ;D

:P

Keep in mind that this is not the squat-on-toes. You people can all get into a flat-footed squat and rest the comfortably? I mean, I can, but am so off balance I need to shift back and forth a lot, and all that shifting makes my hips uncomfortable after like 30s

Yup, flat-footed squat, ass to grass!

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2010, 12:20:29 PM »
Keep in mind that this is not the squat-on-toes. You people can all get into a flat-footed squat and rest the comfortably?

I was talking about the flat footed one.

I do prefer the version on the toes, but it's because I feel more alert in that postion, not that I feel it's more restful.  If I were going to sleep in a squat, it would be flat footed.