Squatting is one of the most important lifts you'll ever learn. It's a compound movement that targets several areas of your body (not just the booty). Actually, depending on the variation of squat used, you might be targeting of your quads, hamstrings, or glutes more over the other groups. My favorite type of squat is the high-bar squat, which means the bar is placed higher on your back, sitting right on your traps. It's really great for quad strength, as well. Tryyyy it.
Here's some cool shit about squatting ;)
1 - It'll Make You Feel Powerful
Especially when the lift is performed correctly. Believe me, it's more impressive to execute the lift correctly with perfect form and lower weight, than to wobble and buckle with heavy-ass-weight. Either way, when you feel that bar hug against your back, and you feel your legs burn, you'll feel that instant power.
2 - Squats help build muscle throughout your body
It's not just your booty getting the gains, it's other parts too. Since this is a compound movement, it promotes muscle growth for other parts, as well. Squats especially help out with your calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core.
3 - You don't need a barbell for squat gains
Look, you don't need a barbell for this exercise.There are so so many ways you can execute a squat. It can be with dumbells, kettlebells, sand bags, or even your dog/child. Want to do some intense body-weight squats?Check out THIS CARD to read about explosive jump squats.
4 - It's actually a natural movement
When you think about it, a lot of squat throughout the day during our normal daily routines. It can be from squatting down to pick something up, or rising from a chair. In other cultures, you might even find people squatting to eat a meal. Squats are bad for your knees? Nah, not squatting is bad for your knees. ;)
5 - Tired of ineffective sit ups? Try squatting.
When squatting, you should focus on also engaging your core. The muscles in both your mid-section and your lower back are utilized for balance and control over the movement. When you are squatting, think about activating that core. Exercises like sprinting, deadlifting, and squatting, will be far more better for fat burning and building core muscles than your half-ass sit-ups.