If I had to choose just one weight training exercise that builds overall lean muscle mass and increases strength, it would have to be squats.
But it’s important to learn how to squat correctly.
Having good form and technique is crucial to get the maximum benefit and to avoid injury. It’s not a difficult exercise to perform, and I recommend it to anybody.
Originally, I had planned to make a list of “10 reasons why you should squat”, but I ended up expanding the list as I went on.
Some of these I have researched and some are from my experience of squatting over the years.
People still have a misconception about squatting and think they are meant only for pro athletes and bodybuilders.
That’s not true; squatting is suitable for anybody, both male and female, who are interested in building lean muscle and burning fat as well as improving their health.
Why Every Woman Should Squat
It is especially great for the ladies that want a great set of legs and a sexy butt. Think Jen Selter, Instagram Sensation.
Jen Selter has inspired thousands of women around the world to get a bigger butt.
If you don’t know who Jen Selter is, you can do a Google search to get more information about her.
If you are on Instagram, you may have seen her photos.
It’s quite possible that Jen Selter had a huge influence on a lot of girls wanting to follow in her footsteps to getting the body of their dreams. Who knows… ?
Okay, back to what I was saying before…
When you think about it, everybody, whether they realize it or not, we all have to sit down, stand up and pick something up off the floor.
We never think about making these movements. Our bodies have been programmed to do these things ever since we were kids.
It just feels natural.
Squats, when done properly, is the best compound exercise for building mass as well as increasing size and strength in the body.
Before I get into the 20 reasons why you should squat, I’d like to share my squatting story…
I remember when I first took up squatting in the gym. I used to squat with bad form for months without realizing what I was doing wrong.
And one day, while I was holding a 100 kg bar cross my shoulder, I lost my balance, and the weight came down on top of me.
Lucky enough, two guys rushed over and were able to grab the bar in time. This was all a result of bad form and not setting myself up to do them properly.
Not only did I have bad form, when I squatted, I didn’t go all the way down, afterall, it’s the deep squat that activates your glutes and hamstring muscles to it’s full potential.
I still see guys at the gym, with bad form and usually point out the mistakes they make and the correct way to do them. Usually appreciate my guidance.
So guys, save yourself the time of causing an injury. Trying to impress your gym buddy, isn’t worth it, unless you both know what you’re doing.
For extra safety, you can even do your squats on a smith machine. So if you are a beginner, then I suggest squatting on a smith machine until you get used to doing them properly.
Squatting on A Smith Machine
Most good gyms have a smith machine, where the bar is connected within steel rails, for added safety.
This will prepare you for when you’re ready to do them on a squat rack.
I think one of the main reasons why some people avoid doing squats is because they are afraid of risking the chance of getting injured.
But if you know how to do them correctly, not only will it increase muscle mass in your lower body, but it will do them same for your upper body.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or increase strength, squatting will help you achieve each of these goals as long as you stay consistent and aim to lift heavy often.
I wouldn’t recommend doing squats more than twice a week. Like any weight lifting exercise you do, your muscles need time to grow. So recover is essential.
If you keep exercising the same muscles every day, you’re not giving them time to recover and could do some damage if your not careful.
If you’re a skinny guy and you want to build muscle, a good start would be to do five sets of five, at your body weight. Once you can get to a stage where you can lift your own body weight, you can gradually increase the weight as you get comfortable lifting heavier.
It’s a big achievement when you know you can lift more than your own body weight. That’s how you know you are getting stronger each week.
When you can lift heavier weight each week, you will feel inspired so that you look forward to your next squat session.
Here are the 20 reason’s you should squat