Ewan ranks 3rd globally in the #SittingSquatChallenge (02 Feb 2017)
Ewan ranks 3rd globally in the #SittingSquatChallenge Good Morning Britain is the UK equivelant to the Expresso Show, broadcasting live to the UK between 6am and 8:30am each morning. The show launched a health initiative in January to kick their fans butts into gear, complete with a healthy eating plan and the 8 minute #SittingSquatChallenge. They then challenged all other breakfast tv shows across the globe, to take up the challenge! And of course we did!
The challenge wrapped up on 31 January and Expresso Show's very own, Ewan Strydom was top of the tables, placing 3rd in the challenge that saw more than xxx taking part.
But wait, a sitting squat isn't that hard?
You'd be wrong. We asked our fitness guru, Johry Batt why this exercise is harder than it looks.
"Sitting squats or wall squats might look easy but by doing your squats this way you'll quickly learn that it's actually very challenging if you’re doing it right. If you want to build big quads this is the exercise for you.”
You get two kinds of wall squats;
1. Wall squat with your back supported against the wall, this is definitely the easier one of the two. This is a supported squat and great for any one new to squats or carrying an injury, if performed correctly you will definitely feel the burn on this one. It allows to hold the squat position for longer thus improving endurance and muscle strength, because this movement auto corrects your squat form it ensures that the focus is on the right muscle groups. It is also safer and minimise risk of injury.
2. The wall squat where you face the wall is great for teaching correct form and also quite difficult to perform if you lack the necessary flexibility. This wall squat is mostly used as a drill to perfect your squat technique. You perform this movement facing the wall with your feet as close to the wall as possible, this eliminates bad habits when you perform your squats as you cannot drop your shoulders, you can't lean forward and it forces your knee's to track over the ankle ensuring good movement.
Both these sitting squats are great for focusing specifically on the quadriceps and to gain sufficient mobility to go along with it.
Want to see how the competition did - watch it here