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Asian squat - can or can not do?

Old 05-31-23, 07:48 PM
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Asian squat - can or can not do?

Given cyclist have strong legs, wondering how many can comfortable do an asian squat ?
Also takes a flexible back and good balance which I believe most cyclist have.
I like doing them and find it helps relax and stretch my body.
I have always been pretty flexible and able to put my hands on the floor reaching down with straight legs.
If you can not do, I believe gradually working into your routine would improve your cycling and ability to keep a more aero position.

This is what Im writing about
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Old 06-01-23, 06:27 AM
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I wasn't able to do them until I started doing full Ass-to-Grass squats. I prepared myself by doing Asian squats with only body weight.
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Old 06-01-23, 06:54 AM
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Nope. Belly too big. Quads too big (yeah, we'll go with that). Combination pushes the center of mass to far back and I land on the glutes.
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I think there is more internet hype to this than is deserved. I've squatted like that all my life to perform certain tasks. Particularly when young and working on my car. Which BITD, was a chore one did weekly or at least every other week. And I still do that when working on the car and other things that require me to be low. Pretty regularly if you include the few minutes it takes me to drip lube on my bike chain.

Or are you putting a stringent set of constraints on what you call an Asian Squat? Perhaps for those that can't they simply aren't use to it and are out of shape. So like any other thing, it'll take practice. Though as I get older, there is becoming a bigger impact to my knees when stay squatted for a long time.
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I can do it easily and thus can do ATG barbell squats. I guess that maybe 80% of the older athletes I know can't do it, and don't feel like doing the work to be able to. I watched that video a long time ago and he's right: it does work better to take a crap with that hip angle, even on an American toilet.
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All my squats are Asian.
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Old 06-01-23, 11:39 AM
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You'd be surprised at how many can NOT do that squat. I'm surprised at how many people can NOT get up from a seated position without use of their upper body.
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Old 06-01-23, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Tusk
Nope. Belly too big. Quads too big (yeah, we'll go with that). Combination pushes the center of mass to far back and I land on the glutes.
400+ pound Sumo wrestlers can do the Asian Squat.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
I think there is more internet hype to this than is deserved. I've squatted like that all my life to perform certain tasks. Particularly when young and working on my car. Which BITD, was a chore one did weekly or at least every other week. And I still do that when working on the car and other things that require me to be low. Pretty regularly if you include the few minutes it takes me to drip lube on my bike chain.

Or are you putting a stringent set of constraints on what you call an Asian Squat? Perhaps for those that can't they simply aren't use to it and are out of shape. So like any other thing, it'll take practice. Though as I get older, there is becoming a bigger impact to my knees when stay squatted for a long time.
Did you watch the vid?
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Yes.

Originally Posted by RChung
All my squats are Asian.
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Old 06-02-23, 04:09 AM
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No problem, I do ATG squats all the time...Asian squat is a wrong name for it because almost every other culture in the world has been using this type of squat as a resting position or to perform various tasks, it's not just in Asia...It's interesting that humans didn't even use squats as an exercise until just about the early 20th century, barbell squats first stated to appear around 1920s before a squat rack was invented.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild
No problem, I do ATG squats all the time...Asian squat is a wrong name for it because almost every other culture in the world has been using this type of squat as a resting position or to perform various tasks, it's not just in Asia...It's interesting that humans didn't even use squats as an exercise until just about the early 20th century, barbell squats first stated to appear around 1920s before a squat rack was invented.
Not sure who coined that term but the Asian youtuber who does this video starts out mentioning "Asian Squat (AKA Primal Squat," and notes in this vid:

Asian Squat (AKA Primal Squat, Slav Squat, Resting Squat, Hindu Squat, ATG squat, human squat, etc.)?
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Originally Posted by joesch
Did you watch the vid?
No. But I went back and watch half of the video. I still stand pretty much by what I said in my original response.

I might call this a blue collar squat in the USA. I think people with blue collar jobs in the US will be more likely to be able to do the squat. And even the person in the video said it's just that some don't normally do the movements to develop the muscles that make it successful for those of us that can.

Much like I always maintain here on BF that cycling doesn't work the muscles the same as walking does. If one only cycles, they aren't going to walk well or far. Same for the other way around too. So like doing most anything else, practice is required.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
No. But I went back and watch half of the video. I still stand pretty much by what I said in my original response.

I might call this a blue collar squat in the USA. I think people with blue collar jobs in the US will be more likely to be able to do the squat. And even the person in the video said it's just that some don't normally do the movements to develop the muscles that make it successful for those of us that can.

Much like I always maintain here on BF that cycling doesn't work the muscles the same as walking does. If one only cycles, they aren't going to walk well or far. Same for the other way around too. So like doing most anything else, practice is required.
Easy enough for "white collar" workers to do frequent deep squats off chair, I often do.
Many "blue collar" workers may never bend down or squat.
I agree with you on cycling and walking, must do both regular to help maintain correct mechanics.
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Originally Posted by joesch
Not sure who coined that term but the Asian youtuber who does this video starts out mentioning "Asian Squat (AKA Primal Squat," and notes in this vid:

Asian Squat (AKA Primal Squat, Slav Squat, Resting Squat, Hindu Squat, ATG squat, human squat, etc.)?
I like "toddler squat" because they all seem to do it intuitively. It's just that some cultures don't prize the ability to maintain it...
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I began doing horse stance a few weeks ago.
Its helping stabilize the knee with a torn meniscus.

this squat is easy enough, for me, maybe from having been doing/holding the horse stance.
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I just tried it and yes, I can do it. But it hurts my broken hip, so I won't be doing it again.
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I cannot even come close, but in my case it is an osteo-arthritis issue (knees).

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I like this posture for picking things up and the nice lower back stretch it gives, however I think my knees are going to call it one day sooner or later, they're not getting any less creaky with time
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Used to be able to hold it for a long time when doing archaeology, much better than standing hunched over and easier on the knees than kneeling in the dirt. I can still do it but not for anything like the same time span.
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I can do it easily with a 10-pound dumbbell in each hand but without weighted hands it's difficult to keep from falling backwards. My ass must weigh too much

I can easily do it sans-weights on the balls of my feet and toes for plenty long though.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I can do it easily with a 10-pound dumbbell in each hand but without weighted hands it's difficult to keep from falling backwards. My ass must weigh too much

I can easily do it sans-weights on the balls of my feet and toes for plenty long though.
Same. It's limited ankle mobility, at least in my case. Keeps the center of gravity too far back for balance.
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I do 3 sets of all the way down squats 3 times a week. As well as cross leg squats to the ground and then back to standing while keeping my feet in position.

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Didn't know it had a name, I normally find I adopt this position for doing anything near the ground as it's relaxing.
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