The Saigon Squat is a deep held basic squat. I think everyone of us did this exercise in the past. If you do not remember it, think about your childhood on the playground where you were playing with sand and moulds ;-). It's a natural resting position and I would bet almost every one of us was able to do it in the past. In some countries, this position is still used to eat food or do some thinking or reflecting after your meal.
In this post, we want to give you a brief instruction how the Saigon Squat should look like and the advantages of it.
How to do it?
Stand shoulder wide
Your face is directed forward
Your arms are loose and serve as a counterweight during movement
Bend your legs equally – your hip will automatically slide back
Make sure the weight stays on your heels
The upper body remains slightly tilted forward during movement and absolutely stable
It is up to you how deep you do the squat, just consider the following points
The knees never rise above the toe of the foot
Again - Knees should not bend inwards
Hold the position for a 30 seconds or longer
During daily environment our legs are either stretched or loosely bent whilst we are sitting. In this exercise, we bend our legs completely. Angles in the hip, ankle and knee joints are small whereas we are fully into the extend possibilities of the joints. Due to their nature, our joints give us a certain freedom of movement. In order to maintain this mobility, structures such as cartilage, ligaments and joint capsules must fulfil their assigned tasks. The cartilage provides the slide bearing, the joint casings the joint lubricant and the ligaments the necessary support and security. These structures all grow or shrink with their tasks.
A regular training of the full range of movement works against the natural decomposition. It is comparable with knowledge that you learned in school. If you do not need it afterwards, you will forget. It is exactly the same with the range of movement.