Why are squats so popular with trainers and athletes?
Squats are one of those exercises that challenge multiple parts of the body all at one time. First off, they target the core. Your core is the basic building block of your body. Without a strong core, your body will not support your weight properly. Squats also target the muscles of the legs, hips, and glutes. As you build the muscles in your legs and core, you are going to start burning more calories. So, doing squats actually promotes fat burn in the short and the long-term.
How do you do squats properly?
One of the bad raps that squats have received is that they are bad for the knees. The reality is that doing a squat properly will actually strengthen the knees. So how do you do squats in a way that will keep your knees healthy and give your entire body a good workout?
- Get a good warmup. Trying to do any exercise, squat or not, without a bit of warm-up is asking for injuries to happen.
- Posture is all important with a squat. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure your knees are over your ankles and your hips are on top of your knees. This stance is what protects your knees.
- Extend your arms straight out in front of you with your palms facing down.
- Let your hips start bending. Bring the glutes backwards as your knees begin to bend. Engage the muscles of your back and abdomen to keep your back in a neutral position.
- Bring the hip joint down below the knee if you are comfortable with it. Placing a box or a medicine ball under your glutes will give you a target to hit.
- After reaching the lowest point, engage your core and your leg muscles to return to the standing position.
If you are ready to get fit, you need to set an appointment with me, Ralph Roberts. I am a certified personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, Texas. Not only can I show you how to do squats properly, but I can also help you set personal fitness goals and develop the skills to get there. Set up an appointment with me today to get in shape and further your health.