Squats are one of the most foundational functional movements in our lives.
We’ve been squatting since we were babies – it’s probably the most natural position we can pick; as we get older and sit in unnatural positions all day – our squat form goes from natural, to not knowing how to squat at all.
Before modern day furniture and technology (think cars) you didn’t stop sitting in a full squat once you got older like we do today…you continued squatting your entire life.
Squats are a compound movement – which means it’s a movement that uses more than one joint (your hip, knee and ankle joints) to complete.
A simple bodyweight squat workout uses almost every muscle group in the body – and if you add a dumbbell or barbell into the equation, I would even argue that they use every single major muscle group to complete.
Think about it – in addition to your legs, you need your hips, your back and core, and your shoulders and arms. Nothing is left out with this foundational movement.
Squats will help strengthen your entire body, both your bones and your muscles, and possibly increase flexibility.
Because of the utilization of a large amount of muscle groups, they cause your body to increase our anabolic hormone production (in turn, helping us lose fat and gain muscle).
Increasing the strength in your knees and hips (and entire body) reduces your chance of injury while doing both athletic movements and activities of daily living (such as shoveling the driveway or standing up and sitting down).
In short, squats are amazing.
They are one of the biggest bangs for your buck in terms of time, which is why most good strength programs will have you squatting 2-3x a week.
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