If you are looking to gain muscle, lose fat, and/or improve your physique, squatting will help you get there. During this blog, I hope to encourage you to keep squatting or perhaps persuade you to incorporate more squats into your fitness routine.
Variation: Remember, there are lots of different types of squats that can be personalized to your fitness level. Some options include: goblet squat, back squat, front squat, box squat, overhead squat, air squat, suitcase squat, single leg squat, and sumo squat. Regardless of your wellness background, the squat can be a very effective tool.
Functional: The squat movement is one of the most frequent movements we see in everyday life. Think about how many times you sit in a chair per day? Furthermore, proper squatting helps build abdominal muscles, spinal erectors, and the majority of muscles found in your legs (talk about bang for your buck). The development of these muscles will aid in walking, running, jumping, bending, or really any natural movement you can think of.
Physique: Not only do squats work multiple muscle groups but they also elicit more hormonal responses than other lower body machine exercises. The release of these hormones will help build or preserve muscle mass, depending on your goal. Why is muscle mass so important? For starters, it gives shape to your body and makes you look good. Also according to the American Journal of Medicine, muscle mass has been directly linked to life expectancy as you get older.
Mobility/Balance: The squat can also be an amazing diagnostic tool. Performing squats regularly will help in discovering mobility issues and muscle imbalances which, if corrected, will increase the overall health of your body. Fixing these issues will also aid in injury prevention. Two key components inside of Spark With Stark membership programs are movement quality and postural corrective exercises. These areas help us reach our goals and allow us to sustain the results for the long run.
Potential: Proper squatting on a regular basis can help you move better in everyday life and help you reach your true potential in terms of wellness capacity. In my humble opinion, this is a key part a lot of people shrug off. Personally, I spent years worrying about how much weight I was using and not nearly enough time of how well I was moving. This is the whole premise behind, Dr. Aaron Horschig's book "Squat Bible" (it's a great read if you are into exercise science). You will never reach your full wellness potential if you don't move well. This can be applied to any fitness goal you have. For me, the key to sustainable wellness is not comparing yourself to others but pursuing your own potential. Through doing that, I've gained contentment, consistency, and enjoyment. Isn't that what fitness should be about?
Those are some of my thoughts regarding the squat and why you should program more squat movements into your wellness routine. Regardless of your goal, gender, age, movement capacity, exercise history, or experience level you can benefit from a squat variation. Your best is yet to come!