5 Powerful Ways Squats Boost Your Fitness Results!

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If you're looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results -- fast -- from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises. This is one exercise that should be a part of just about everyone's training routine.

  1. Burn More Fat. Two of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories and fat is actually to gain more muscle and perform compound exercises like the squat. For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. Compound exercises like the squat recruit several muscle groups and joints enabling you to burn more calories than performing an exercise that isolates one muscle.
  2. Build Muscles in Your Entire Body. Squats obviously help to build your hip and leg muscles including your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves, but squats also promote body-wide muscle building. Squats improve your upper and lower body strength and function of the deep muscles within your core. Few exercises work as many muscles as the squat, so it's an excellent multi-purpose activity. 
  3. Mobility and Function. Squatting Makes Real-Life Activities Easier. Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength. Functional exercises are those that help your body to perform real-life activities, as opposed to operating pieces of gym equipment. Squats are one of the most functional exercises. When you perform squats, not only you build muscle, the benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world--moving from standing to sitting, going up and down stairs, getting in and out of the car and more.
  4. Balance, Stability, Flexibility and Injury Prevention. Most athletic injuries involve weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which squats help strengthen.  Squats have long been criticized for being destructive to your knees, but research shows that when done properly, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue. Squats strengthen muscles of the core that also act as stabilizers and help you maintain balance. Balance and stability are both key in fall prevention. Doing squats also improves the range of motion in your ankles and hips thus aiding in preventing injury by improving your flexibility. 
  5. Boost Your Sports Performance--Jump Higher And Run Faster! Whether you're a weekend warrior or a mom who chases after a toddler, studies have linked squatting strength with athletic ability. Specifically, squatting helped athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every training program—from the average Joe to all professional athletes.

Squats are the cornerstone of most workouts and everyday life movement. You will spot squat variations in all Definitions Personal Training Sessions and MRT Classes ranging from Body Weight Squats, Front Squats and Prisoner Squats--just to name a few. Our MRT Class move of the Month is Goblet Squat. Book a Private Training Session or MRT Class now to get the benefits. Hope to see you in the soon.