Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles (intense music) - I'm Doctor Ryan DeBell from the Movement Fix, this is? - Movement Fix Monday. - This is? - Doctor Wes Hendricks. - We're at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay in Boston. We are friends, colleagues. - Friends. I'd say friends, really good friends. - You practice out of this gym? - I do. - We went to school together. - We did. - I'm staying at your house. - You are. - And I cuddle with your dog. (laughs) So what are we talking about in this video? We're gonna look at isometrics for a couple videos in a row, right? - Yep. - So this first one is like lower body. A squat, what is it called? - So it's called a horse-straddle stance or a horse-straddle squat. - Horse-straddle stance, horse-straddle squat. So maybe you could show us what it is, talk about why isometrics are something that more people should be working on. - Yeah, yeah. - People love banging out reps. - People love rep sets, more weights, more reps, more volume, when maybe this time of the year the CrossFit Open's over if you're not progressing onto regionals and/or the games, it's time to start developing or establishing a plan for next year and this is just a good way to develop a good quality base of positions to build upon for the volume you're gonna put on over the next coming months. - Wouldn't you agree that even during times where you're doing a lot of reps, not just always at the CrossFit Open but people should be doing more isometric static holds and working on owning their positions. - Absolutely. Not only owning those positions but isometrics are gonna be safer. Less joint shearing, less inflammation release. Just overall more awesome, Ryan. - We're awesome. I like to include things in training that people don't do. If you're already doing a lot of something, it makes sense to include some of the things that you're not doing to be a little bit more well-rounded. So let's see what this horse squat straddle squat is all about. - So the horse stance typically, it's going to be, well you'll see in a second. Seven steps out, I'm only at six right now. You can modify it, drop it down to four or five. So it's gonna be with the feet together. You go one, two, three, four, five, six. So this is where I'm at. You use the PVC pipe to measure your depth or make sure you're sitting in that parallel stance and then you're gonna sit down just like this and have it sit in the hip crease and then from there you can hang out for as long as you want, working on those ankle, hips, and spinal positioning. Six months ago I started at 20 seconds. I'm up to about 90 now for sets on a regular basis. - Geez. - Only at that six step out length. So it takes a long time. - Yeah. So someone might see that and be like, Wes, your knee is dropping in. Are you concerned that your knee is not in, like let's say you're doing a heavy back squat that it's in a different alignment? - I'm not loading it, so I'm totally comfortable with that. I'm not going up or down, there's no concentric or eccentric movement there. And I'm trying to focus on a good position. I'm not forcing my knees out violently by any means, but that's not a compromising position for the knee right there. - Got it. So you start with your feet together, you're kind of windshield-wiping out. Let's say someone's never done this before. Where would you recommend they start? - I started playing around with this with a lot of the athletes I train. And typically four or five is a good window to start them at. And even if you can't use the PVC pipe, just get into a wider stance position and sit down in this position, maintaining that good spinal position, opening up those hips. - Should I try it in these pants? - Are those pants stretchy? - Kinda. - Then I would try it. As long as you're not gonna rip it. - Alright, let's make sure I don't rip my pants. Remember when I did this last time I was here? I did like seven. - You got off the flight, you weren't supple yet. - My hips were wide. They hurt from going too wide. So I think that's something to consider too if you're doing this the first time. If you go too wide it's pretty stressful. - It is. - Let's see if I can do this. Alright, so I'm here. One. Two. Do I go that far out or more? - It doesn't really matter. We're just splitting hairs at that point in time. - Three, four, five. So I'll go like four. - Yeah, and I just like it because we have an objective measure so we can track it over time as opposed to going super wide one time, narrow the other. - You could also probably measure your feet too. This is something else we've been talking about since we've been here. Not everything always has to be so precise. Just go generally four or five out. So I be here and then I'm gonna go down as far as I can and try to get to a depth where-- Oh look, I can do it. - Yeah, that's awesome, that's great. - I can be here. Even in the pants. - That's from all the running we were doing in the rain. - It's all the running we were doing in the rain. That was a crazy lightning bolt. So how long would I hold this? It's starting to get kind of hard because I never do this. - So if there's cramping, if you're feeling a significant amount of discomfort, by any means don't force through it. Just hold it until you're comfortable. Go by feel. Not everything has to be this-- - I'm not trying to relax here at all. This is an active position. - Yeah, this is an isometric position. - I could be here kind of collapsed. That's not what I'm doing. - We really want to create awareness of what your feet are doing, what your knees are doing, what your hips are doing, what your spine is doing. - I'll turn to the side so they can see on the camera. - Yeah, absolutely. - So generally one, two, three, four-ish. - Yeah. - I'll get down there. And so I just hold this until it gets pretty hard. How many times would I repeat that? Would I just do it once? - So I start with three sets and now six months later I'm doing five sets and I normally pair this with another thing so I just go back and forth. - Like another isometric that we'll talk about. - Yeah.