I have to admit, I REALLY, REALLY hate squats! Exercise wasn’t in my vocabulary at the time, but I eventually accepted it as a necessary evil (along with a weekly support group for my food addiction) when I re-joined Weight Watchers over thirteen years ago for the last time! I was tired of starting over and finally ready to lose weight, by any means necessary! I can be very dramatic so should clarify that “by any means necessary” really only meant following the program the way it was designed, not just the parts that didn’t require sacrifice (like tracking what I ate or drinking water).
Yesterday after the gym I saw this post on Facebook and had a really good laugh! Today is the perfect opportunity to share it! I’ve grown to love Body Pump, (weight lifting to music) because the music drowns out the screams in my head!. The routine, however, includes those demonic squats! I complete them, however, because as an adult I sometimes have to do things to reach my goals that I don’t want to do. Like getting up and going to work every day. I don’t think my employer would just mail me a check every two weeks if I stayed at home every day and didn’t work for it (just to be clear, I wouldn’t be opposed to it!). I look at exercise the same way. It’s something I have to do in order to reach my fitness goals, even when it involves squats! Sometimes just knowing the benefits of certain goals helps me complete them with a positive attitude. I’ve attached an article on the benefits of squats. Hope it helps!
1. Increase Size And Strength In Your Entire Body
When you squat, you will also build muscle in your hamstrings, quads and calves. Due to the high amount of HGH released, you will also build size and strength in the rest of your body.
The reason this happens is because when you perform a squat the correct way, your body is forced to naturally increase its own anabolic hormones that will cause other muscle groups to get bigger quicker the next time you train them.
2. Improves Circulation In The Body
Squat exercises get the blood pumping in your entire body and improves your health all round.
3. Increase Testosterone & Growth Hormones
Exercises such as squats and dead-lifts release essential growth hormones that contribute to muscle growth and strength gain in the entire body.
4. Increase Core Strength
Squats hit your entire core muscles from every angle, so it gives you every reason to do them if you want killer abs.
5. Improve Flexibility
Because the deeper you squat, the more flexible you become. Squatting will also increase hip flexibility. A lot of people carry a lot of stress in their hips because they have bad posture so they feel the need to sit down more often.
6. Great For Burning Fat
Most of the muscle you gain from squatting heavy will come from your lower body, and the more muscle that you gain the more fat you will burn.
7. Squats Strengthen Joints
Once you know how to perform squats correctly, not only will it prevent injury, but it will also strengthen your joints too. When you squat down, with all that weight on the bar, you are engaging your ankle, knee and hip joints at the same time.
8. It’s Functional For Completing Daily Tasks
What I mean by this is that It makes your daily tasks easier, like if you are carrying groceries’ home or lifting or moving furniture in your house. So it makes your body safer during real world activities.
9. Reduce The Risk Of Getting Injured
Squatting is a safe exercise; once they are done correctly it will reduce the risk of injury. Because as you expand the depth of each squat, you will increase strength in your quad muscles that will also enable you do perform other compound exercises with ease.
10. Become A Better Athlete
It doesn’t matter what sport you do; you need to be squatting. It’s essential to have a strong lower body, whether you’re doing swimming, playing tennis or basketball. You should squatting.
11. Increase Vertical Jump
Squats are great for increasing your rate of force development that is important if you want to be able to jump high. I found barbell jump squats a great way to increase vertical jump.
12.Improved Workout Efficiency
I’m a strong believer that squats improve strength, stability and efficiency when it comes to doing other weighted exercises such as bench press, deadlifts and even pull-ups. I find that it gives you that extra edge over that’s crucial when you’re trying to squeeze out one last repetition, when you’ve reached failure.
13. Develop A Great Set Of Legs And Butt
It makes no difference whether you are male or female. Squats will give you a great set of legs and butt. So ladies, If you want to activate those butt muscles, do deep squats with a wide stance so that it gives your butt a better workout. Your friends will want to do what exercise you did, while the lads will be drooling over you.
14. Get Killer Calves
For those of you who are ashamed of having skinny legs, like I once had. When you squat heavy, it will gradually build muscle in your calves. No more chicken legs.
15. Squats Are Cheap
All it takes is a barbell or a set pair of dumbbells. You don’t have to buy them brand new either. Read total body free weights workout from home.
16. Increase Sprint Times
According to research, studies show that sprinters can increase their sprint times by a significant degree as a result of squatting.
17. Improve Athletic Performance
Not only will you gain size and strength in your legs, squats will also increase your performance capacity to run faster and jump higher.
18. There Are More Than One Variation Of Squats
Not just the traditional bodybuilders squats where you place a barbell over your shoulders. You can do dumbbell squats, kettlebell squats, wall squats, plie squat and barbell front squats. There are lots more ways to squat.
19. You Can Squat Just About Anywhere You Like
You don’t have to be in the gym to squat, and you don’t even need gym equipment. You can do them at home, at work or the beach. If you do a google search for “Squat without equipment, I’m sure you will find lots of variations. Try doing 100 bodyweight squats, and I’m sure you will feel the effects from it. Even 50 is good enough.