Hello Fitness Enthusiasts!
Have you ever noticed that babies do not bend over at the waist in order to pick something up off the ground? They squat down, hinging at the hips and bending at the knees in order to reach the object on the ground. They never had to be taught how to do this. As we get older, we sometimes forget how to move in a natural way, in favor of what seems easier, but is in fact hurting us in the long run. Back problems anyone?
The squat - under appreciated, under prescribed, EXTREMELY effective. Many of you will have done squats before, whether barbell squats, bodyweight squats, goblet squats (we will get to that later), or one of the many other forms possible. Most of you probably hate them - in fact, you may rather go to the dentist than do squats. As a fan of both squats and the dentist, I can tell you for a fact, that sometimes the most unpleasant experiences reap the best rewards. Do enough squats, and eventually you’ll fall in love with them, or at least the gains in leg and core strength, muscle tone, fat loss, and many other benefits they produce. Read on to learn more about these benefits and about different types of squats.
Did you know that the squat, whether the barbell version, or the bodyweight version, activates more than 80% of the body’s muscles? It does, and that’s more than any other traditional weight training exercise. This means it also burns more calories and builds more muscle than any other exercise. They’re also incredibly simple to do, once you re-learn how to do them. That’s right - I said re-learn. The squat is a “natural” movement, meaning it is an essential part of human movement. Other natural movements include running, walking, getting up off the ground, and lifting something over one’s head. Compare this to unnatural (or learned movements) like the bench press, ab machine, or shoulder raises. You’ll quickly find that natural movements produce the best results in the shortest amount of time. They also transfer over into everyday activities, protecting us from injury in sports, or even just picking up our children.
Check out this article, courtesy of bodybuilding.com, to learn about the different squat variations, how to do them, and what they are good for. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/meet-the-squats-7-squat-variations-you-should-be-doing.html
There are many others, and what I could write about the squat is endless, so as always, do not hesitate to contact me by email with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our website - www.FOWFitness.com
Andrew J. Dougan
Founder, Force of Will Fitness