Squatting is one of the most essential aspects of any training program. It is a simple, yet highly effective and functional exercise.
Squats are mostly known as a leg exercise, but they promote body-wide muscle building by catalyzing an anabolic environment. It is also one of the best functional exercises out there, promoting mobility and balance and helping you complete real-world activities with ease. Squats help you to burn more fat, as one of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories continually is by developing more muscle. It has long been criticized for being destructive to your knees, but research shows that when done properly, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue and are one type of exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s fitness routine, as they provide whole-body benefits.
Give these 6 super effective squats a try:
Learn how to squat properly by watching this video:
Here are a few tips to perfect your squat:
Start with your feet shoulder width apart
Keep your head in a neutral position looking straight ahead
Pull your hips back and down, as if you were about to sit in a low chair
Keep your weight on your heels
Keep your lower back tight to maintain your lumbar curve
Keep your chest up and shoulders back
Push your knees out so they track directly over your feet
Your hips should drop below the top of your knees at the bottom
Drive up off your heels
Rise to full extension
A mature squat will have a nearly vertical torso throughout the entire movement
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