Air Squats

by Kilo on December 26, 2010

I have been doing a LOT of bodyweight only squatting. I see a difference in both the size of my legs and the strength. I have been trying this as part of an experiment, which, as usual, came up because of my height.

I am so tall that any time I squat, I slow down around rep three or four. This usually happens whether I am squatting with kettlebells, a barbell back squat or front squat, an overhead squat, or even with lunge variations. My femurs are so long that I have had a challenging time finding anything that lets me get deeper into sets of high reps.

Air squats have been the answer so far. I can knock out lots of reps in a relatively brief time, they are definitely making me stronger, and that’s all I really care about: progress.

I like this tutorial, although the pattern is beyond basic. Squat down and stand up. Disclaimer: doing these does not make you a Navy SEAL or a cage fighter.


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frank December 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm

josh what are some of the variations that you test with them. i have had a hard time with squats too. I am not as tall as you, but i am not short. Does the hip belt test better then back squats for you?


Kilo December 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Frank, the hip belt tests way better, but sometimes air squats are better than the belt. For variations so far I’m alternating between lunges, normal stance, and heels together. I also experiment with tempo. Faster usually works better.


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