So what makes the Squat the “King of All Exercises”? Squats have a list of strength and health benefits a mile long and making Squats a major part of your training will do more to help you gain size and strength than any other single exercise.
Here is just a sampling of the many benefits of Squats:
Squats Work The Entire Body – Not only is the Squat the best exercise for your legs (quads, hamstrings, glutes), they also work your core (hips, lower back, abdominals), upper back, shoulders, arms and calves.
Increased Hormone Release – Using so many muscles in your body at one time stimulates a greater release of growth hormone and Testosterone – just what your muscles need to grow and recover.
Greater Core Strength – Lower Back and Abdominals provide support and stability. The core plays a major role in doing squats, and greater core strength will benefit all your other training.
Improved Balance, Mobility, Coordination and Flexibility.
Improved Bone Density & Stronger Joints – Bones are living tissue that responds well to heavy weight training by becoming denser and stronger.
Burns Calories and Fat – Squats burn a ton of calories and fat while developing lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass burns more fat.
Workout Efficiency – A few sets of squats will do more for your whole body (building muscle, burning calories, increased heart rate, developing strength and power) than a typical workout using machines or isolation exercises.
Prevents Injuries – Done with correct form, Squats strengthen muscles and tendons throughout the body, especially those that surround and support the joints (knees, hips, ankle, spine). Regular Squats keep the body strong, active and moving and will prevent injuries usually associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Function – Squats are a functional exercise with lots of carry over benefit to daily activity and heavier lifts in the gym.
Heart Health – The heart is a muscle and Squats get that muscle pumping hard. Higher rep sets of Squats will jack your heart rate up to sprint level cardio work.
Improved Mood – High intensity exercises like Squats are proven to improve mood and elevate sex drive.
Confidence and Self-Esteem – The benefits of Squats aren’t just physical. Squats require hard work and discipline. Pushing yourself to do something that is hard but so beneficial to your health and training is something you can feel good about.