The squat is a popular movement that is used by a wide variety of people. From soccer moms, to heavy weight lifters, this exercise is performed with varying degrees of knowledge, with the use of barbells, free weights or body weight. Free standing squats are different, and superior, to those done on machines such as smith machines, and different types of hack squat machines or sleds.
Why is the squat so popular?
One reason is because it can be used in nearly every way conceivable. The typical gym goer will use this exercise as part of a circuit.
Proper squats should activate several muscle groups, including abdominals, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, lower back, and even arms to hold the bar. It also elevates your heart rate for cardiovascular conditioning.
This is why this exercise is so useful and why Bodybuilders and Powerlifters perform it so much. It is a staple exercise that is part of the powerlifter's 'Big Three' (Bench, Squat, Deadlift), and the Bodybuilder/Powerlifter Stronglifts Five (Bench, Squat, Shoulder Military Press, Deadlift, Back Barbell Row) for full body conditioning exercises that hit everything.
Although squats are performed by many, few understand how to truly execute them properly.
Many people go up and down, without a clue as to how to position themselves. Improperly performed squats, which are alarmingly frequent, inevitably result in stressors in the wrong places like just the quads, the knees, and the lower back, leading to injury and pain.
At MakeYourBody, we teach you how to consciously activate abdominals, glutes, hamstrings, calves and quads in a controlled manner, so you can perform it properly without injury ever, and experience the true usefulness and tangible superior results from the almighty squat.
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