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Air Squats

Scott loves his air squats.

Warm-up: 10 Parallette Push-Ups, 15 OHS (45/25lb), 20 Sit-Ups, 30 Double-Unders x2

Snatch: 10 Singles at 70% 1RM

Front Squat: 3×5

MetCon – 3 Rounds for Time:
14 KB Snatches (7 each arm) (50/35lb)
7 Burpees
30 Air Squats

I love when air squats come up in a WOD. First of all, you always think air squats should be easy because it’s just a bodyweight movement, but they continually turn out to be so much harder than expected. Secondly, I love air squats because I get to see so many types of them. No, I don’t mean I get to see good torso-upright, knees -out-wide, weight on the heels squats versus crappy ones (which I do see sometimes), but I see different variations of air squats.

I have categorized and captured a few of these squats for your viewing pleasure. First off, the Praying Mantis…

The Praying Mantis brings the hands together during the middle of the air squat and literally prays. What he/she prays about I cannot be sure (maybe to be done with air squats?).

Sister Erin demonstrates a beautiful Praying Mantis.

Next, we have the Angel. The Angel consists of an angelic like range of motion (aka flap) with the arms beginning beside the hips at the top of the squat and moving over the head in the bottom.

We have the Angel with Samantha performing the Frankenstein behind.

My personal favorite is the Grab A$$. This air squat begins with the arms folded by the hips with clenched fists. The arms then reach out from the body with open palms. It basically looks like he/she is trying to “grab a$$”. Travis McCroskey is a well-known Grab A$$er.

Ohhhh the Grab A$$. I only had a blurry pic of Travis doing it.

There are so many more types of air squats out there. The Body Hug, the Moon Bounce, the Frankenstein… you can’t go wrong! You can probably guess what a few of these look like. So, what type of air squat are you?

I’m a Praying Mantis (most of the time),
<3 Coach Miss J

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:50+00:00 April 5th, 2010|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|4 Comments


  1. Brandon April 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm


    Stolen from the CF message board… made me chuckle.



    Down a road, in a gym far away,
    a young man was heard to say,
    “no matter what I do, my legs won’t grow”
    he tried leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses , too
    trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he’d do.

    from the corner of the gym where the big men train,
    through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain
    where the noise is made with big forty fives,
    a deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees.
    a very big man with legs like trees.

    laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack
    chalking his hands and monstrous back,
    said, “boy, stop lying and don’t say you’ve forgotten,
    the trouble with you is you ain’t been SQUATTIN’. “

  2. James April 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I think I’m more of an angel air squater…I’m liking the poem

  3. Kerr April 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I typically Grab A$$ regardless of whether or not I’m squatting.

  4. Ben April 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

    The next installment should be “The Faces of the Air Squat”

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