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Hi,

Is there any difference between squatting and crouching?

Thanks in advance
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ChristanfordI tried google images before posting the question, but I didn't see any difference
Good thing I didn't make any guarantees!

To me, squatting involves bending the knees almost to the point that you are sitting on your ankles. The toes continue to be the only support for the entire body. The upper body can remain vertical with the spine straight and erect. I believe squats are considered a good exercise for the thighs.

Crouching generally involves drawing in the upper body as well, the spine forming a curve, the head down. The knees and hands may touch the ground to support the body in the crouched pose. One can even crouch while sitting -- doubled up in the corner of a room, for example.

Crouching implies hiding more than squatting does, though it may also, in other circumstances, suggest a defensive posture. Squatting, on the other hand, may suggest only a way of sitting without actually having to sit on the ground -- to keep one's clothes from contact with the ground, for example.

Also, crouching is often accompanied by silence and darkness (the hiding aspect), whereas you might squat near a friend lying on a picnic blanket and carry on a normal conversation in the middle of a bright afternoon.

CJ
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squatting: you are "sitting" on the floor with your feet the only parts touching it.

crouching: you are down on all fours, moving.

Some exotic poses can probably be described with either word.
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You may be able to see the difference through Google Images.

CJ
Thanks!

I tried google images before posting the question, but I didn't see any difference Emotion: crying.
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Crouching doesn't imply being on all fours. As far as I know, they either one can be used.

And I think you mean "erotic" poses. (exotic means foreign or different)
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And I think you mean "erotic" poses. (exotic means foreign or different)

I most definitely meant 'exotic', as in 'strikingly unusual or strange in appearance' Emotion: smile But you're right: I confused crouching with crawling.

Christianford, try using a public squat toilet in India once; you will soon know the difference Emotion: wink

Some images:

Crouching (Michelangelo - Crouching Boy)



Squatting:





I tend to think of "crouching" as a position allowing a person to spring quickly to action, completely opposite in that respect to "squatting."
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What you describe as crouching, ferdis, is really crawling.