Populations who are habitually barefoot or use minimal footwear also rarely possess chairs. Hence they spend a lot of time in a deep, balanced squatting position whilst eating and working.
The squat is a very therapeutic position for the human body, especially for barefoot runners as it develops the skill of maintaining the body’s centre of mass over the natural balance point of the body (ball of foot) whilst building strength and range of movement in the ankles, knees, hips and spine. These attributes combined enable the barefoot runner to develop the fundamental movement skill of segmental alignment which is more commonly known as posture.
Barefoot deep squat
Barefoot front squat with bar
Barefoot overhead squat with bar
Weight on balls of foot Balanced, relaxed, ‘bouncy’ end of range, minimal muscle action
What could I be doing wrong?
- Weight on heels
- Losing balance
Mastered squatting? Move onto barefoot jumping.