What is the Squat and Reach?
The Squat and Reach is a mobility exercise that increases range of motion at the hips. Doing this mobility exercise on a day basis can help maintain joint function and prevent injuries. The Squat and Reach is an essential warm up exercise for any workout containing squats.
How do I do it?
Bend over to grab the bottom of your feet, and then “pull” yourself into a deep squat position. As you move into the bottom position, focus on forcing the chest up, pushing the knees out, and keeping the heels down. Keep your right hand under your foot and raise your left hand up overhead, following it with your eyes. Hold for a count of one-one-thousand. Bring the left hand back under the left foot, and then repeat on the right side. From the bottom position, raise the hips back up without letting go of your feet. Hold this hamstring stretch for a count of one-one-thousand, and then pull yourself back down into the deep squat position and repeat.