Back Squats…you either love them or hate them. Although back squats may not be everyone’s favorite exercise, they may be the most beneficial. Back squats improve lower body strength. The primary muscle being used in the back squat is the quadriceps. The secondary muscles being used are the hamstrings, calves, glutes, lower back and core. This is known by even some of the most novice weightlifters. However, the back squat does much more than just improve lower body strength. This blog will touch on three of the biggest benefits that the back squat improves.
1. Create An Anabolic Environment. No other exercises creates more of an anabolic environment than squats do. So what does that mean? By incorporating squats into your workouts, you will promote overall muscle growth across your entire body. Squats place your muscles under an immense amount of pressure. When your muscles are under pressure, they release a hormone called testosterone. When testosterone is released, it circulates throughout your entire body, which promotes muscles growth.
2. Maintain Mobility. Researchers have determined that leg strength is key in maintaining mobility. As discussed earlier, squats do a tremendous job of increasing leg strength. By increasing leg strength, you can maintain mobility as you age. Some of the first research of its kind, done by Auburn University in 1989, determined that squatting regularly improved knee stability, strengthen connective tissues, and made these connective tighter and stronger. Squats also have a large range of motion compared to other leg strengthening exercises. By doing a proper, below parallel squat, you can increase mobility.
3. Sport Performance. The first two benefits include general population, but if you play any kind […]
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