Show a picture of a baby squatting and you'll hear two answers from most coaches:
1. "This is a beautiful, natural squat that we all should have. If we didn't sit so much and have so many movement restrictions, we'd never stop squatting like babies do." OR 2. "Babies have jello for joints, that's why they can squat like this. It's absurd to think adults should still be able to squat this low. Parallel or somewhere around there is a fine squat." I find myself somewhere in the middle. When I see my son squat it makes me want to see how well I can get each of my athletes to squat. Sure, some people may be able to sit full depth with toes forward and a flat back, while others may have to have a wider stance and not sit quite as low. Either way, no one should use being an adult as an excuse not to strive for a perfect squat. Nor should we deem a child's squat to be the most effective squatting pattern for all adults regardless of fitness level, biomechanics, past injuries, and current goals. Each person needs to eternally seek to improve their own squat pattern to become the best squatter they can be.
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