7 Reasons to Squat Ass-to-Grass
7 Reasons to Squat:
1) You will gain strength and muscle mass.
2) You will improve your cardiovascular system.
3) Your joints will feel better after exercise.
(You may have back pain from regular squats.)
4) You’ll get rid of cellulite!
(In case you don’t believe it, here’s proof!)
5) You’ll develop a stronger core and abdominal muscles.
6) You’ll burn calories during exercise.
(The body burns more than 2,000 kcal per hour when exercising.)
7) You’ll build a strong foundation for future training sessions.
Why do I mention all these benefits?
Because they are very important for those who want to lose weight.
If you’re not going to get rid of cellulite, then why would you spend money on expensive gym equipment if it doesn’t work?
There are many other reasons, but these are the most important ones that make me think that atg squats might be good for you. To my surprise, they might even get rid of cellulite (or at least prevent its formation).
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Deep Squats are not good for your Knees: Is this True?
The full squat is a type of squat in which an individual squats down with the hip crease going below the knee. In simple words, the knee joint should go below the toes.
Many people say that deep squats are bad for your knees.
Is this true?
Well, it all depends on how you perform the exercise. If you suffer from any knee injuries or have problems with your knees, you should avoid full squats altogether. However, if you don’t suffer from any knee problems and have no intention of doing so in the future by performing full squats, then there is nothing to worry about.
In fact, it has been proven that deep squats increase knee stability. This is a good thing because having stable knees make them less susceptible to injuries.
On the other hand, if you have never done any type of squat in your life, then your body might not be prepared for this type of movement. In this case, you should start with bodyweight squats first and then move on to other types of squats.
The parallel squat is a type of squat in which an individual squats down with the hip crease going below the kneecap. In simple words, the knee joint should not go below the toes.
The full squat and parallel squat are very similar exercises. The main difference between the parallel squat and the full squat is the depth of the squat.
The parallel squat is very beneficial for those who want to train their legs without putting too much stress on their knees. It can even be a great alternative to the full squat, especially if you have had some problems with your knees in the past. Otherwise, there is no reason why you shouldn’t perform parallel squats.
The reason I’m suggesting these two types of squats is because they are the only types that have proven to be effective at targeting the quads (muscles located in the front of your thighs). Many people believe that squats are the best exercise for gaining size in the thighs, however, this is not completely true. There are several other exercises that can be used to effectively target the quads.
The two main reasons why squats are believed to be the best exercise for gaining size in the thighs is as follows:
1) Most people perform the exercise with poor technique and end up using a lot of momentum to lift the weight, which causes the exercise to place a greater emphasis on your lower back rather than your quads.
2) The squat is usually used with heavy weights, which makes it effective for building strength and muscle.
Gaining strength and muscle in your thighs will inevitably make them bigger.
However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t be performing squats if your main goal is to build size in your quads. In fact, I believe that everyone should perform the squat as a staple in their leg workout routine. The main point that I’m trying to make is that you shouldn’t be using the squat as your only quad building exercise in your leg routine. Instead, you should be using it as a way to strengthen your legs and add a bit more core stability to your workout.
The other exercises that can be used to effectively target the quads are as followed…
1) Front Squats: This is a variation of the back squat in which the barbell is positioned in front of the body rather than on the back.
2) Dumbbell Step-Ups: This is an excellent exercise in that it allows you to lift heavy weights without placing too much stress on your back.
The only problem with this exercise is that it tends to place more of a workload on your knee joints.
3) Leg Extensions: This is mainly a quad isolating exercise that involves no movement from the lower body.
The movement is completely isolated and takes place at the hip joint.
4) The Donkey Calf Raise – This is an excellent exercise that allows you to lift some fairly heavy weights.
(But please be careful when performing this exercise as it can be very dangerous to your back if performed incorrectly).
5) The Bulgarian Split Squat – This is a very effective quad, hip and core stability exercise that involves no more strain on the body than a regular squat.
As you have probably noticed, most of the exercises that I have listed are primarily isolation exercises. The reason behind this is that these exercises tend to place less stress on the body and as such they are usually the best choice (as long as proper form is used) when trying to isolate a specific muscle group.
The bottom line to all of this is that if you want to increase the size of your legs then you are going to have to perform more than just a few squat variations. You need to choose a variety of exercises and perform them on a regular basis. The more exercises that you can incorporate into your routine, the better.
Should I wear weights while climbing?
There is a common misconception that you need to wear weights while climbing in order to build bigger and stronger arms. I know when I first started climbing I felt that if Iw as going to make any progress, I was going to have to start using wrist and ankle weights. Needless to say, I was wrong.
The only muscle groups that should be getting a workout when you climb are your forearms and core. Wearing weights on your wrists and ankles not only makes you sloppy and uncoordinated, but it’s also dangerous for your joints.
The only way that you are going to get stronger is by progressively overloading your muscles. This can only be accomplished through body weight exercises. If you are interested in building bigger forearms then you should try hangboarding and also increasing the amount of time that you spend climbing.
The most common injury for climbers is their shoulders. Wearing weights on your wrists and ankles places an unnatural amount of stress on your shoulder joints. It’s best to just avoid wearing any extra weight if you are worried about the health of your shoulder.
What’s the best grip to have on my climbing shoes?
I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the two most common types of grips on climbing shoes; the full rubber and the deep Vee.
You would be surprised at how drastically these two different types of grips can affect your climbing. For starters, the deep Vee tends to provide a much better grip especially on smooth rock surfaces. The only draw back is that this type of shoe generally does not last as long because it tends to wear out quicker on the edges.
On the other hand, full rubber shoes tend to provide a bit less grip, but they also last much longer. The choice is really up to you and it should be based upon your own personal preferences.
How important is it to use climbing pants?
If you are just starting out in the world of climbing, then you may or may not know that climbing pants can actually make the process much more enjoyable. Indeed, if you are just learning the ropes (so to speak) then you may want to consider purchasing a pair of climbing pants.
Because not only do climbing pants make you less likely to get scrapes and cuts but they also make it easier to climb in general.
Climbing pants come with special features such as:
Extra sturdy fabric designed not to tear
Extra padding in the right places
More flexible material than regular pants
As you continue to climb, you will probably find that climbing pants are really not necessary. Indeed, many climbers use regular athletic pants instead.
As a beginner though, you may want to at least try out a pair. You may find that they are much more comfortable and easier to climb in.
Do I really need to buy climbing shoes?
You may already have a pair of athletic shoes at home but do you really think that they will do the trick when it comes to climbing? Indeed, the right pair of climbing shoes can make all the difference in the world when it comes to climbing.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The Deep Squat (Part 1–The Good, The Bad, & The Not So Ugly) (A SWANSON – aaronswansonpt.com)
- Why Everyone Can & Should Squat the Same: 101 Truths (J Seedman – advancedhumanperformance.com)
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