In jungle terms the squat is the lion and the leg extension the mouse. And yes I know that lions and probably mice don’t live in jungles but you get my point. Squats rock. Here’s why:
The squat has to be the most functional move that we use every day. How often will you sit down and stand up, squat down to pick up your shopping bags, a file from the bottom draw or your children this week? Not to mention all the times you go to the toilet. So if we do this movement so often in our everyday life shouldn’t we be doing it in the gym?
Squatting works on some of the largest muscles in your body – the quadriceps (front of thigh), adductors (inside of thigh), gluteals (buttocks), hamstrings (back of thigh), gastrocnemius and soleus (calf) and erector spinae (back)….. In fact it works over 256 muscles so I will stop there. Imagine that. Working 256 muscles in one exercise. Not only does it work a load of muscles but it’s also a great cardiovascular exercise and can get you breathing heavily.
Types of Squat
The great thing about squats is that there are so many different types that are suitable for all abilities. You can do body weight, dumbbell, barbell, single leg, split leg, box, and jump squat. There is even a Bulgarian split leg squat whatever one of those is.
How to Squat
I could tell you how to squat in this blog or you could get someone to show you. It’s a copout I know but there are so many different factors to think about that you will be much better off grabbing one of those friendly trainers and getting them to show you,. Trust me they won’t mind giving you a few pointers in fact they will probably love to have someone to chat to.
I have only just touched on the benefits of squatting and could go on for longer but just trust me.
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