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Why Can’t Everybody Do the Asian Squat? 🤔(12 Factors)

Hmmm… Why can’t everybody do the Asian squat? Is Asian squat genetics? But before we move on to answering Why everybody is not able to do the Asian squat, let’s explain what an Asian squat is.

Well, the Asian squat is a ubiquitous sitting style in many countries. So basically, the Asian squat is a deep squat. 

Here’s a mini tutorial for you  to help you sit in an Asian squat; first, you must place your feet flat on the floor (that is, you must not sit on your heels or toes), then drop your buttocks until they are just above your ankles, keeping them off the floor. In this position, your thighs should be touching your shins; See the image below of an Asian squat position.

Now let’s come back to our question: Why can’t everybody do the Asian squat? 

Not everyone can do an Asian squat; there are many factors, which we’ll go over in greater detail soon, that affect your ability to do an Asian squat.

As by now we know that it’s most common in Asian countries, the question you might ask is, “Why can’t everybody do the Asian squat?” For people, especially Asians it is a piece of pie while others can find it so hard to do.

FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE ABILITY TO PERFORM AN ASIAN SQUAT

Weak Core:

The sedentary habit of sitting in a chair for extended periods of time has become increasingly common in our modern society, and, in a surprising way, weakens the core and reduces your ability to perform certain movements, such as the traditional Asian squat  as the human body is a complex system that requires regular movement and exercise to maintain strength and flexibility.

Flexibility and Strength in the Hips and Legs:

So, here‘s the deal, for anyone to be able to do an Asian squat, they need to have some flexibility and strength in their hips and legs because doing Asian squats requires some flexibility and strength in your knees and hips to be able to bend at extended angles. So, if you have tight hips or weak leg muscles, this can make it difficult to perform an Asian squat properly 

Age:

old man sitting on a couch

Although they say age is just a number, as this number increases, some abilities lessen, such as flexibility and muscle mass. That’s why aging is also another considerable factor limiting the ability to do an Asian squat, making it more difficult for old people to do a deep squat.

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Previous Injury or Surgery:

If you’ve recently had an injury or surgery in your hips, knees, or core, your doctor may forbid you from performing an Asian squat due to your condition. If not that naturally, you will find it so hard to do an Asian squat because of pain, therefore, we will suggest not doing an Asian squat until you get over it.

female doctor doing a surgery

One thing I’d like to bring up here is that  Asian squats improve balance while increasing leg, ankle, and knee strength and flexibility. Nevertheless, you need a little bit of each to start executing an Asian squat, which you may develop by practicing some other squat exercises.

Poor Balance:

Poor balance can reduce your ability to asian squat

Good balance is a bare necessity for performing the Asian squat properly, and poor balance can make it difficult to perform it without falling on your buttocks or back. So, if that’s the case, you can use a chair as a prop.

Limited Ankle Mobility:

Limited ankle mobility can also reduce your ability to asian squat

Limited ankle mobility might make it challenging to complete the Asian squat since it is problematic to maintain the heels flat on the ground. For starters, it’s a good idea to use shoes with the moderate heel; once you get more comfortable, switch to flat shoes.

Limited Hip and Knee Mobility:

Limited hip and ankle mobility: Similar to having limited flexibility and strength, having limited hips or knees can also make the Asian squat difficult to perform because it makes it strenuous to squat as low and bend your joints to an extended range.

Lack of proper technique:

Lack of proper technique: not wrapping your head around the proper technique for performing the Asian squat can make it difficult to perform the exercise correctly.

Here’s an article to help you do an Asian squat properly.

Arthritis:

Arthritis pain makes it difficult to asian squat
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If you’ve got arthritis of any kind, like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or any other type of arthritis, that can lessen your joints’ strength, flexibility, and mobility, making it harder for you to perform the Asian squat because these conditions make your joints painful and stiff, making it harder for you to bend them at extended angles, which is required in the Asian squat.  Your healthcare professional will also discourage you from doing the Asian squat during such conditions.

Obesity: 

Man measuring waist
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Obesity affects every aspect of people’s  lives, from health to relationships

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So is true with the ability to do an Asian squat. Being overweight can make it difficult to perform the Asian squat, preventing you from bending your joints to extended angles and putting extra strain on the hips and knees if you do manage to squat.

The Asian squat can be demanding to do if you don’t frequently exercise since your hip and leg muscles may not be strong enough.

Lack of Proper Warm-Up:

Not properly warming up before performing the Asian squat can make it harsh to perform the exercise correctly.

Pregnancy:

Pregnancy  can affect the ability to perform the Asian squat, as it can cause changes in the body that make it harder to perform the exercise.

Asian squat in pregnancy can be risky consult your doctor before doing it

The ability to perform the Asian squat may be impacted by additional factors, therefore it’s crucial to keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. It’s also crucial  to speak with your medical care provider if you have any doubts about your ability to perform the Asian squat or if you have any health issues that could limit your capability to carry out the Asian Squat.

With proper guidance, modifications, and practice, most people can improve their ability to perform the Asian squat.

How to Improve the Ability to Perform an Asian Squat

To improve  your ability to perform an Asian squat, it’s important to work on your flexibility and strength in the hips and legs. Stretching exercises, including hip flexors, stretches, and strength workouts, like squats and lunges, can help you achieve this.

man doing lunge as a warm up for Asian squat

Additionally, you can incorporate warm-up exercises before you perform the Asian squat, such as leg swings and ankle rotations, to prepare your body for the movement. To improve your flexibility, you can also try yoga poses like the pigeon pose, which helps to stretch the hips and glutes.

If you have trouble with the Asian squat or want to become better at it, you should try making modifications, such as using a squatting stool, using a balance board or a stability ball, or performing a half squat.

Start slowly (with shallow squats or with the help of props) and pay attention to your body, as they say, slow but steady wins the race. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform the Asian squat, talk to a doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Conclusion

Wrapping things up,  the Asian squat is a great exercise for those who set their sights on improving their flexibility, balance, and leg strength. While everybody can’t do the Asian squat due to certain conditions like a lack of flexibility, strength, and mobility, or other conditions like obesity, pregnancy, or any injury, with practice and stretching, most people can improve their ability to perform the Asian squat  by following the tips given in this article.

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