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Mon 29 Jul, 2013

Why you NEED Squats in Your Workout


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If you’re looking to achieve serious results quickly as well as boosting your overall fitness, then look no further than the humble squat.

Whether you’re an avid gym goer or you are looking to begin a workout routine, adding squats to your workout is a seriously smart health decision.

There are many benefits of regular squats, so we thought we would share the top 5 with you to help you understand just how incredible the exercise really is!

1. Burn More Fat

Start with little weights (or your body weight alone if you’re just starting out) and within a matter of a few weeks you will start to see muscle replacing fat. By muscle replacing fat, you will lose an additional 50-100 calories a day. Doing strength training creates an “after burn” – meaning your body will continue to burn calories after you stop exercising.

2. Build Muscle in Your Entire Body

Few exercises work out your muscle as the squat exercise, so it’s a brilliant multi-purpose workout for tightening your body. This includes legs, abs, calves and your behind. Building these muscles participate in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, helping to protect you against obesity and diabetes.

3. Improve Your Sporting Performance

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a mum who chases after a toddler, you’ll be surprised to know that studies have linked squatting strength with athletic ability. Specifically, squatting helped professional athletics to make them run faster, and to boost their balance, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every professional athlete’s training programme.

4. Reduce Chance of Injury

Many sporting professional’s injuries occur due to weak stabiliser muscles which squats help strengthen. This is through improving your flexibility, which is the result of improving the range of motion in your ankles and hips.

5. Maintain Mobility

Through squats, you will boost your leg strength, which is vital for staying mobile as you get older. This workout also strengthens your core, meaning you will improve the communication your brain has with your muscle groups, and will help to prevent falls.

With a range of benefits, if you aren’t already incorporating the squat into your workout then now is certainly the time to do it! Our personal trainers will be more than happy to give you guidance on this important exercise to ensure you are doing them correctly so that you achieve optimum results.