The Squat Is The Best Lower Body Exercise There Is
The Squat is one of the best exercises that you could do when your working out without weights. I say this for several reasons. Primarily its a very functional movement. We go through several squatting activities through out the day, whether we are getting into/out of the car or even off the toilet.
In order to do a squat properly takes not only strength but good balance. To perform a squat correctly requires an incredible amount of neuro-muscular integration to keep the body mass centered and not tip one way or the other.
What Muscles Do Squats Work?
Many people don’t realize the number of muscles that are actually at work when you do a squat. Here is a list of the major muscles used when you do a squat:
- The quads
- The Hamstrings
- The Gluteus Maximus
- The Low Back, Thoracic, and Cervical Erector Spinae
- The Tibialis Anterior (front of the Calf)
- The Gastroc and Plantar Flexor complexes
- And your Heart!
And this is just the motion of squatting without using your arms! Done slowly, deep, and deliberately will build core strength as well as muscle mass.