Master the squat
What is the squat?
Squats are a great exercise for anyone looking to improve their general fitness, build lower body strength and increase muscle mass. Performing the squat movement requires multiple muscle groups to be used, and therefore also requires a lot of energy, making it a great exercise to tone the body and help burn fat. The main muscles groups used are the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.
Although it is widely acknowledged as the ‘king of leg exercises’, other muscles groups are also involved when performing the squat, such as your back, abs and arms so it’s a great exercise to master for a total-body workout.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this is a staple exercise worth learning how to perform properly to tone the whole body.
Other benefits to doing squats,
There are many variations of the squat exercise. The most widely-known squat exercise is the bodyweight squat. This exercise can be performed without any equipment which means you can do it anywhere. The other most commonly known squat exercise is the weighted barbell squat which is one of the three exercises used in Olympic weightlifting.
Get strong and shapely legs in 25 minutes with our 5 for 5 leg workouts which promise to work your inner thighs, quads, glutes and hamstrings.
All you'll need for this lower body workout is a mat, a barbell, and some weights - we suggest using dumbbells, a light to moderate weight barbell and a kettlebell.
If you’re not sure whether a work out is suitable for you, please consult your doctor before you start it. If you're unsure of how to perform any of the above exercises, please ask help from a PT at your gym.