[Carson is a Exercise Science Major at North Carolina Central University and an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]
When someone thinks of squats, their mind normally takes them to one of three theories; Great exercise, painful exercise, or the booty creator. All three of those theories can be true to an extent depending on your squat mechanics. There is a proper way to receive all of the benefits of a squat, and the key is form….Heels down please.
Any one performance or fitness program typically includes a type of squat. It is inevitably, the king of full body exercises. Squatting burns fat, tones abs, improves core stability, and reduces back pain while also indirectly increasing grip and arm strength.
The opportunities are seemingly endless. And here is an extra bonus for women who want that highly touted gluteus cuff, or almost perfectly symmetrical legs. There are many squat variations depending on what you’re trying to accomplish but the traditional squat can truly answer most fitness prayers the safest. Not saying this is the only exercise you should do, but it could be the cornerstone for your entire work out.
We have touched on a few important factors to remember and some benefits of squatting; now let’s talk about how to properly perform a squat.
There are a few safety precautions to be aware of and take before performing squats. First, one must understand the movements that will be made and the need for body symmetry. The goal is to move your body in a sitting motion back on your heels until the hips are parallel to the knees; followed by a surge of a push stemming from your heels through your legs pushing the weight upward.
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