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  • Who can grok-squat? I can!

    I did it! Without even thinking, I eased into a natural squat this last weekend!

    My second job is circulation staff at the local library, so I spend a good deal of time shelving books (often times I'm walking around with an armful of large books). In an 8 hour day at the library, I squat a lot, especially with an extra 5-10 pounds of books. I haven't actually counted, but it's probably somewhere above 40 times throughout the day. But these are the typical Western bent-foot squats, which leave my feet aching by the end of the day. I've tried to do the natural squat for a while, but I always end up falling backwards.

    But last Saturday morning, with an armful of children's non-fiction books, my feet went wide, and I sank into a comfortable squat! I didn't realize it until I stood up again, and I was so excited! I did it the rest of the day, and I could definitely tell the difference.

    I hope this helps other beginners like me to know that it is possible, and it might just happen when you least expect it!
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  • #2
    i CANT DO IT. mAYBE ONE DAY.

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    • #3
      Well done!

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      • #4
        Awesome! I'm going to try one, so if I don't post in a while, someone come rescue me from my floor.
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        • #5
          *said in a GRITS drawl* You done good. *end drawl*
          It's a really elating feeling to do that and know how much it means, isn't it? I had something similar happen at home (squatting down to shelve some books on the bottom shelf of the bookcase) and kinda had one of those "I'll be damned" moments.
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          • #6
            Congrats! I like to grok-squat while gardening. Less wear & tear on my knees and on my pants!
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            • #7
              Wait doing a "grok" squat is just the stretching position Mark uses right? Squat down ass to the ground keeping your feet flat on the ground? If so not to be a smart ass but people really can't do that?
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              • #8
                After my center of mass changed in puberty, I had to concentrate not to fall. After awhile, I started raising onto my toes instead of being flatfooted, to make it easier. I lost the Grok- squat for a while, but found it after I refound my balance (ear issues, nasty stuff), I was able to do it again. *no, those aren't excuses. Dem are de facts.*
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bostonbully View Post
                  Wait doing a "grok" squat is just the stretching position Mark uses right? Squat down ass to the ground keeping your feet flat on the ground? If so not to be a smart ass but people really can't do that?
                  i can't do it without falling backwards. something to do with hip and ankle mobility i'm guessing...which i admittedly should work on more. i can do a pretty deep squat, but when i try to just sit like that i start to tip backwards and need to catch myself. sometimes if i'm feeling really limber i can hold one for a little while
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                    i can't do it without falling backwards. something to do with hip and ankle mobility i'm guessing...which i admittedly should work on more. i can do a pretty deep squat, but when i try to just sit like that i start to tip backwards and need to catch myself. sometimes if i'm feeling really limber i can hold one for a little while

                    Couldn't you just lean more forwad between your legs?
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                    • #11
                      Need my heels up or leaning a bit more forward. Was able to get down into the squat and back up without holding on to anything, or pushing myself up. Definitely something I will work on. Was fun to try.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bostonbully View Post
                        Couldn't you just lean more forwad between your legs?
                        just tried it post workout (much more limber) and it is a lot easier. i think with a little more flexibility work i could probably sit comfortably like that for a while
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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                        • #13
                          Yes, not everyone can do it. I couldn't squat at all for a long time. Not just to go down and back up, not anything. I was a teenager and really limber and still couldn't do it.
                          It should be noted that I can, now, at age 33 (and very nearly as limber as back then). I worked on being able to do it for a while, starting about 5 years ago. I started when I started experimenting with weight lifting. Before then, I just accepted it as a limitation on my body and shrugged it off.
                          I guarantee you that none of my siblings could do it, either. A large portion of the population here in the US can't, would be my guess.

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                          • #14
                            my go-to stretch!
                            (hi Melodious {insert wave here})
                            I do a couple before I do my squats work out. i did some before I did Warrior Dash. They get easier with repetition, don't they

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                            • #15
                              AKA the Asian squat and I think it's a lot easier for people who are proportioned more like the typical Asian person - longer torsos. 42" of my 65" are pelvis and legs, my upper body from top of shoulder to top of pelvis just over a foot long, I think that is the problem, there is no counterweight in my upper body and my knees are up by my shoulders when I squat deep. I've been practicing for years and I can certainly get down there, but it's very tough to balance. I don't think I'll ever be able to use a flatfooted squat in flat shoes or barefoot as a comfy resting position. Now, if I do it in 2-3" heels I can sit there all day.

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