When you regularly go to the gym and get yourself a personal trainer, chances are, they will always incorporate squats into your workout routine. Why is that so? And why are squats very important in just about any exercise regimen?

Personal trainers and gym aficionados always incorporate the squat because it has a lot of benefits. It is also relatively easy to do, and you can also perform squats even without gym equipment!

If you’re not doing squats, then you’re probably among the many people who think that this is a leg exercise. That is true, but did you know that Squats can also bring a host of other benefits?

Here are some benefits doing Squats can give you:

  1. Helps build muscles in your Entire Body. Squats can be an intense workout, and when done with proper form and intensity, it can signal the release of Testosterone and other growth hormones. This will result into a more beefier and buffed up physique.

  2. It is a great functional Exercise. A functional exercise help us do real-world activities, even better than just doing conventional gym exercises that require gym equipment. Squats can improve our mobility as well as our balance.

  3. Squats Burn more fat. Since Squats help you build more muscle, you increase your fat-burning powers exponentially. For example, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you increase your chances of burning more calories from 500-700 calories a day!

  4. Helps Prevent Injuries. Squats can strengthen your lower body muscles and ligaments. This will result in improved flexibility and this will help prevent injuries.

  5. Tones your Buttocks. If you’ve seen a lot of men and women who have bigger and toned buttocks, they’ve probably incorporated squats in their routine. Squats can strengthen your glutes, otherwise known as your buttocks, and this exercise will help it look bigger.

  6. Enhance Core Strength. Ever wonder why most bodybuilders can lift really heavy weights? That is because they have improved core strength. And, which exercises can you do to improve your Core strength? You guessed it, Squats! When you have an improved core, you will not only prevent injury, you can also lift heavy weights as well.

Now you know some of the benefits of the Squat, how do you perform them? It is actually quite easy. These are the steps you can do to perform a squat (by the way, this type of squat doesn’t require any gym equipment at all! Do this 2-3 times a week for better results).

  1. Warm up

  2. Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart

  3. Keep your back in a neutral position, and keep your knees centered over your feet

  4. Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle

  5. Return to starting position -- repeat 15-20 times, for 2-3 sets for beginners (do this two or three times a week)

  6. Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you return to starting position

 

The Squat is considered to be the Queen of all compound exercises, because, like deadlifts, Squats target different muscle groups at the same time. Be sure to add Squats to your exercise regimen for improved overall physique and better health!