- Squatting is a total body movement. Yes, the primary movers are your legs, but in order to execute this lift properly your body recruits many other muscles. Namely, your core. You know, to keep you upright. Say you’re watching a buddy perform a squat, and their shoulders roll forward and their hips tuck under their chest. Congratulations, you have just witnessed a squat with an inactive core.
- Squatting builds muscle… everywhere. Not to be redundant, but squatting is a total body movement. For this reason, it is an excellent fat-burning, muscle-building, strength-gaining movement. Key growth hormones are released when we squat, which create the perfect environment for building muscle. More muscle = more energy = more fat burned. More muscle also means stronger, healthier, happier joints -- which reduces the risk of injury.
- Squatting is Foundational to OLY lifts. Juuuust in case you didn’t catch it: squatting is a total body movement. All olympic lifts are considered “core to extremity” movements, or movements when most of your power comes from your core and transfers out toward the extremities. With the legs being a primary source of power output, building leg and core strength becomes essential for Olympic lifts. And squats are cool, because they’ll expose areas where our squat could use the most work, often in our lower body. Especially in mobility! For instance, if you have an athlete who tends to come into their toes, they may have tight ankles. Seeing where we are weak allows us to hone in on those weaknesses.
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