Rugged Roots Session 1: Back, Front & OverHead Squatting…. excuuuse me?
I have always been a sucker for a good leg day. It’s by far one of my favorite burns. Nothing beats not being able to walk up & down the stairs. It’s the kind of burn that constantly reminds me, for at least 3 days, that I had a great workout. You can imagine when I saw what session 1 was for the “Rugged Roots” program I was amped.
Back squats are my jam. I was already confident going into that squat. My trainer at my gym had me back squat a few times. He rarely pushed me to increase my weight on them. The trainer (John) at Cross Fit did just the opposite. He showed me the proper form and then pushed my limits (safely of course!). John helped me increase the weight I was squatting, helped me build my confidence & helped me truly understand what it means to squat like a boss. (Max weight: 100 lbs)
Front squats are something I have always seen but never tried. I did them briefly at the Cross Fit free session, but nothing serious. I learned the proper way to hold the bar, how to move in this squat and where my weaknesses may be. John helped me push my limits in this squat, too. Many people don’t lift as heavy in this squat as they do in their back squat. This is a fairly uncomfortable position to hold the bar in. I really struggled at keeping my elbows up! That is something I have to work on. (Max weight: 70 lbs)
OverHead squats are COMPLETELY new to me. I rarely see people at my gym doing overhead squats. After this session, I understand why. John told me right with this part of the session saying that “people rarely nail this squat”. In a way, that put me at ease. I didn’t want to attempt the squat and look like an idiot… so knowing that most people are unable to successfully do this squat helped me go into it with a little more confidence (if that’s not backwards, I don’t know what is!!). I got into it and NAILED every rep. John was so pumped for me, he had me do another set. It was such a confidence booster knowing that I was successful at something that was a. new to me & b. difficult for people to learn. (Max weight: 50 lbs)
GOAL: Increase max weight for all of these squats, see improvement over the next few months in my performance & continue to feel and love the burn of leg day.
Bring it on CrossFit squats. I got you.
Up next in Rugged Roots this week… Session 2: deadlifting & Session 3: pressing, push pressing & jerking.