Focus On Fitness: The Squat

January 26th, 2014
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Do you regularly include squats into your workout program?  If not, maybe it’s time to consider them as a staple.  Squats work nearly every muscle in the body, and learning how to squat properly will help you become a “better mover” at everyday life.  Regular squatters generally have increased core stability, improved flexibility and a very strong lower body.

Think about all the times you go through the “squat” motions.  Hmmmmm, well, getting in and out of a chair, you are actually going through the squat pattern.  Picking something up off the floor?  Chances are, you might be going through the squat pattern.  Lover of sports and jump often in your pick up game of basketball?  Chances are, you are squatting.

Squats are everywhere around us, so we might as well make sure we learn how to do them correctly!  Sometimes squats get a bad wrap for “hurting the knees” but generally, when someone squats correctly, the knee should not experience any issues.  There are exceptions to this, however, and every body is different.

Lets take a look at the basics of a bodyweight squat here.  If you are just learning, the basic bodyweight squat is an ideal place to hang out and get comfortable learning how to squat.  If this feels unstable in any way, consider squatting to a chair while you get used to this exercise, and build up your strength and your confidence.  For a beginner, completing a set or two of eight to ten reps is a good place to begin.  Gradually, increase your sets to three.  Once you can complete three sets of ten with perfect form, it might be appropriate to move on to a weighted squat version.

Give squats a try, and let us know what you think!

 

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