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[–] Gumbatron 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

It is a thing, it's called the asian squat. Just happens to be a resting posture that is common in some asian countries. Tried to do it myself, just can't (you need to be able to squat with your feet flat, i.e. not on your toes). Think there is some sort of physiological difference that makes it hard for white people to do that.

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[–] chirogonemd 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Nope, it's just mobility. I wasn't previously able to do this either. But I started working on ankle mobility, and it was only a couple of weeks before I was able to squat flat-footed. I also started focusing on the squat as a hip-hinge, which tends to make it a more hip/back dominant exercise, as opposed to how most people squat in the olympic style (which is very upright torso and far less hip flexion). After a few weeks, I noticed all low back pain disappeared, my hips and ankles were far more flexible as well.

It is a natural human resting position, and its observed among slavic countries as well. Actually, I kind of thought the slavs were far more famous for this than asians (unless we are using asians in that really, really broad sense).

This squat stretches/releases all the muscles of the posterior chain and when you stand up out of it, you feel remarkably more loose. If your hams or glutes were tight/short from sitting for a long time, do this for a minute or two and take an inventory of how you feel afterward.

There is a lot of variability in hip structure in humans, namely in the bony notch where the femur inserts. Some people can't achieve as much hip flexion without the femur running into the back of the acetabulum. It can make going into a full-depth squat like this more difficult for some. Basically, if this is your situation, then when you try to full-depth squat, you get an effect called "butt wink", and you'll see it as your pelvis tilting back at the bottom of your squat (makes it look like your butt is winking). Adjusting your stance can help. Again, if this is you, try placing your feet wider and pointing the toes outward at 35 degrees or so. If your knees are tracking over the toes, this will also cause your knees to go outward as you squat, which is what you want (if this is your situation). Also, on the subject of butt wink. As long as it isn't massive, it's really no big deal, especially if you aren't loading the squat (and just using your bodyweight instead).

EDIT: An excellent way to increase ankle flexion mobility (so you can squat flat-footed) is to mark a line about 5 inches from a wall. On the leg you are going to work, put the tip of your toes at this line. On the opposite leg, just kneel down on your knee. Now, on the work leg, attempt to touch your knee to the wall without lifting your heel off the ground at all, or allowing your toes to cross the line. If you can't at first, just spend some time in the furthest position you can reach without lifting your heel and stay there. You can use your bodyweight to force things a little, but don't go crazy. Work this for a few weeks and your ankle mobility will increase a lot.

EDIT 2: Some people have said they have trouble getting into this squat resting position because they end up falling backward. First thing I would try would be widening your stance slightly. Ultimately, this is because you need more hip flexion to balance your center of gravity. Your torso is probably too upright at the bottom of the squat. Keep in mind, however, you don't want to just bend forward and introduce a lot of curvature in your back either. Maintain a relatively straight back. Again, some slight lumbar curvature (butt wink) is okay, but if you are curving in the thoracic spine, you are doing it wrong. You can also try tucking your elbows on the inside of your knees. This causes you to shift your arms in front of your body by interior rotation at the shoulder, and will help keep your weight forward.

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[–] prairie 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Squatting is the natural defecation position, which I hear Asians use (they have those toilets in the floor). So they get practice there every day. I was taught this method when I was little and squatting flat-footed is trivial for me.

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[–] StagOfMull 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Dude if it takes this much thought and effort for you to simply squat without picking up your heels you have much greater issues with your lifestyle.

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[–] BeefBourgignon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Squat as a hip hinge, please forgive my ignorance but what does that look like?

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[–] FPSFairy 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The Slavs would disagree. Look up the "Slav squat."

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[–] mememeyou 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] Martenzo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

With the way several consecutive generations of slavs got fucked by mongol invaders, I'd definitely say they have an asian genetic component in them.

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[–] BlackSheepBrouhaha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Common in Russia and Slovenia, too.

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[–] speedisavirus 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Definitely noticed it in Croatia

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[–] sivsta 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I love squatting, definitely not just an asian thing. Why do you think we have hair around our asshole? Evolution with cold air whipping through our legs when we were squatting. Just kidding.. or am I?