February 19 #29daysoftabatas, #thrivemovementmoment

February 19 #29daysoftabatas, #thrivemovementmoment

Day 19 of our 29 days of tabatas and today we do squats for our tabata.  8 sets of 20 seconds of squats, 10 seconds of rest = 4 minutes! If you have a kettlebell and want to do goblet squats all the better for you. With our squats,  we focus on keeping a neutral back and neck ( straight but with natural curves) and keeping our knees behind our  toes and our shins vertical. To create more stabilization,  as we can make sure to feel grounded in our feet and to give a slight external rotatation to  our legs while keeping our toes facing forward. This slight external rotation will keep the knees stabilized.  We begin by softening our knees but we actually power the move by sliding our hips back and letting them hinge, keeping our back straight. The hip hinge is the power point of the squat and the basis of the kb swing.  We track our knees over our middle toe and are careful not to let our knees collapse in, maintaining the external rotation throughout the move.  At the top,  we stand up straight with our chest open and shoulders back and squeeze our glutes hard. This should feel pretty energizing almost like you are pumping yourself up.  I love the tabata of squats!  Great energizer!