Squats - you either hate them or you love them! But either way, they are an excellent exercise to tone and build muscle. The major benefits of performing squats include:
- Squats work all major muscle groups
- Squats burn a lot of calories
- Squats tone up your butt and thighs
- Full squats can increase flexibility in the lower body
- Lower back and mid-section become stronger
- Heart and lung power increased
- Muscle is gained
Squats can be performed with or without weights. Form is very important when performing a squat as to avoid injury. There are many myths surrounding squats such as "squats are bad for your knees" or "squats can injure your spine." Well, any exercise can cause damage if it performed improperly. Your best bet is to seek guidance from a professional. If you are capable of doing squats you should definitely incorporate them into your workout.
Out of all the exercises I see people do in the gym, I hardly ever see anyone performing squats. Maybe there is a stereotype that only bodybuilders or powerlifters can do squats. I have been squatting a lot lately since I've been following along with Gilad: Ultimate Body Sculpt Series - Cuts & Curves.
I have already begun to notice my quads becoming firmer and hopefully soon, I will notice my rear end doing the same thing! If you have been overlooking the squat - do so no longer. It is one of the best exercises for all of your major muscle groups.