Would you like to learn one exercise that can build muscle, burn fat, improve conditioning, mobility and strength and is one that anyone can do? It seems like this must be a magic exercise, no? Well, it’s not magic. It’s the squat!
Let’s start by calming your fears. I’ve heard many reasons why people shouldn’t squat from bad knees to tweaky backs and many others. Here’s the thing though, if you can stand up you can squat. The trick is finding the right variation for you. There are many different ones from the box squat (squatting down to a box) to the suspension trainer squat (squatting while holding on to a suspension trainer such as a Jungle Gym or TRX) to the goblet squat (squatting while holding a kettlebell or dumbbell in front of you). A good trainer will know which one fits your needs and your abilities.
Now why do we squat? Well, simply put, the squat works nearly every muscle in your body from your legs to your core to your back. That makes you stronger and gets your heart rate pumping.
The squat forces your entire body to coordinate with itself. Some parts of your body stabilize while others mobilize and it’s all done in a sequential order that breaks down into a very important and fundamental movement pattern. That helps your mobility.
It’s pretty amazing how much simple, good quality movement can help people feel so much better and i believe the squat is a crucial part of that.
Let me know what you think.
Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Lean Eating Coach, FMS
2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley
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