Every time I tell someone I’m a fitness trainer, the first thing they tell (or perhaps, ask) me is… My (insert body part) are fat/skinny/flabby (or a derivative of one of those three words).
*Disclaimer: The reason why I say “perhaps, ask” is because of the awkward silence that follows after they tell me that. And then they will go on saying… “So… How do I get that?” thus it becomes a question! Too smart.
And more often than not, the most common body part I get is the abs, thighs and butt. No I do not believe in spot training and it does not work that way but if I tell you right now that there is an exercise that works pretty much every single part of your body, would you buy it? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you, the SQUATS.
Squats, like push ups, targets a lot of different muscles in our body. Apart from working on your leg muscles (hello Captain Obvious!), you are really actually activating the whole body to get yourself in the right balance and position of execution. In fact, you will find that doing a lot of squats is exhausting. Why? Because you are using your whole body. And that’s the great thing about them.
I do squats, at least 3 times a week. Variations of it – body weight, sumo, air, jump – and let me tell you this, after years of training ’em legs and booty, I still
hate dislike days in the gym which involves the squats. In fact, just last week I had a session with my brother and we had to do 30 front squats with a 20kg bar, my glutes and thighs sore for four freakin’ days. Not funny.
The thing about squats is that, you really have to master the form to reap the most benefits out of it. There’s so much into it and if you do it wrongly, you’re not only risking hurting yourself but you’re also wasting time and effort. One time two years ago, I walked up to the squat rack and stacked two 20kg plates, one on each end. Like a boss. I squat alright, but when it was time to get back up, I couldn’t. Lucky someone helped me with it. It was probably the scariest and most embarrassing moment in my gym life, and I do not want you to repeat that cause I care.
Anyway, here’s the deal about squats, and how you can do it safely.