Everybody has their favorite movement within the gym. Chances are if you could only do one movement for the rest of your life it would most likely be your favorite. There are many types of squats, cleans, snatches, etc. You may even consider something that requires less equipment like a kettle bell swing or bodyweight movements such as pushups or sit-ups. Personally I would have to lean towards one of the squats as a favorite movement. Back, front, overhead, and even air squats have a ton of benefits. I always find squatting to be fun yet challenging because the potential weight that can be manipulated. My go to site, Mark’s Daily Apple, recently posted on Why Squatting Is So Important and I found that the reasons given really do make sense. Below are the different reasons on why squatting is important.
Squatting makes you stronger- This is a no brainer. On a weekly basis we see some type of squat as the lift. I am 99% sure when we do the back squat we increase the weight from the previous week concluding that we are getting stronger. We know that the squat incorporates several muscle groups like the quads, hamstrings, and glutes and this movement forces all the body parts to work and grow stronger together.
Squatting makes you faster- Mark mentions that plenty of studies have been conducted where they have linked squatting to speed. Basically he says, the stronger the squat, the faster you can run. It may be hard to directly link squatting to speed within the gym because we work on numerous movements, but I am sure if you were only to practice squatting you could see results in your speed work.
Squatting makes you jump higher- With our quads, hamstrings, and glutes becoming that much stronger, these muscles are also playing a role in jumping. The more one can squat the higher you will be able to jump.
Squatting is beneficial for endurance athletes- This reason really caught my eye. It has been believed by endurance athletes that squatting is bad. Squatting leads to getting bulky and thus becoming a slower runner. Studies have proven that introducing squatting to an endurance athlete’s training regimen has improved runner’s economy and cyclist’s efficiency. Runners, cyclists, swimmers, tri-athletes, etc. all benefit from a stronger core. It would to be hard to say that the day of the super lean endurance runner is over, but I believe that we will all start to see more and more runners adding some type of weight training to their training schedule.
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