I am sure many of you have heard of the squat and how great of an exercise it is, well you would be correct! However, many people don’t know why the squat is such a great exercise, and for that reason, within this article I will be answering the question, what are the benefits of squatting?
Allow me to break it down into the squats three main benefits:
- Highly Conducive to Progressive Overload
- Highly Applicable Movement
- Great For Strengthing Other Muscles
Conducive to Progressive Overload:
Progressive overload is crucial for seeing results in the gym, whether you’re trying to gain muscle, strength, power, you name it! You can learn more about progressive overload through one of my recent articles, “What is Progressive Overload”. With the importance of progressive overload out of the way, let’s look at how the squat allows us to reap this benefit.
With the squat being a major compound lift, it utilizes more than just the quads to perform the lift. The squat uses other muscles in conjunction with the quads to execute the lift, such as the glutes and lower back. With these major muscle groups working together, they allow us to train the lift heavy. When we can train a lift heavy it gives us room to vary the rep and weight range, therefore, making it highly conducive to progressive overload!
Highly Applicable Movement:
When I say the squat is an applicable movement, I mean it can be used for many things. Such as different types of training such as strength, hypertrophy, power, etc. The squat is also quite beneficial for our day to day life, with lots of strength and stability that can be acquired from it.
Let’s talk about why the squat is such a great exercise for a variety of goals. We know the squat is a major compound lift that can be trained heavy, and since heavy training is hugely important for gaining strength, this makes the squat a great movement for strength. It also does a great job of targeting the quads, making it an awesome exercise for quad hypertrophy. You can check out my article, “How to Target Muscle Groups” for more information on what makes exercises effective for targeting muscle groups. When talking about power, we want to be able to apply force quickly. The squat allows us to use multiple muscle groups that work together to accomplish this, with a decent load to boot as it can be trained quite heavy (in general). Additionally, the squat has a rather high stability demand, another important component of being able to efficiently apply power.
Strengthening Other Muscles:
Lastly, we have the benefit of strengthening other muscles. While we know the squat directly strengthens muscles like your quads, glutes and lower back, there are others. These include muscles that are required to stabilize your body to properly execute the squat.
These muscles include things like your core to help prevent rounding of the back, as well as helping with maintaining an upright posture throughout the squat. Another example of one of these muscles would be your gluteus medius. A muscle on the side of your glutes, responsible for stabilizing your hip and leg. Which works to prevent things like hip shifting and knee cave. As we know, the squat is often times trained heavy, which is why it is a solid movement for strengthening these types of muscles as it places a high level of demand on them.
All in all, within this article, you have learned of three of the main benefits of the squat. Not only do you know the benefits, but you also have the information to know why they’re beneficial so you can apply these benefits and therefore have an overall understanding of the information.
I thank you for taking the time to read this article, and look forward to you being able to benefit from this information! As always, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to leave them below and I will be sure to reply!
Until Next Time,
I thank you for taking the time to read this article! As always, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to leave them below and I will be sure to reply!