I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. Take a break from all the sweets and get to the box for some heavy squats today. This write up is from a previous post on why we should squat but I thought it worthy to post again for a reminder or first time lesson for some of you.
Why Squat: How many times have you squatted today? Sat in a chair, on a toilet, in a car, properly picked something heavy up off the ground…the list goes on and on. First, it is functional! Next, we squat under load because the squat is the best way to directly train our posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes and the abductors (groin muscles)) and knee extender group (quads) at the same time. These two groups of muscle contribute directly to our ability to run, jump, push, pull and all other lower body movements. Lastly, the “core” of the body is at the center of the squat leading to training throughout the body. The lower back, upper back, abdominals, lateral trunk muscles, costal (rib cage) muscles, shoulders and arms are all used in an isometric support role for the squat, while balance is maintained by the central nervous system and under heavy load hormones are released throughout the body. A complete mind and body experience!
Overhead Squat 1,1,1,1,1
Front Squat 1,1,1,1,1
Back Squat 1,1,1,1,1
Increase weight each set