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Why Everyone Should Squat… Yes, That Means You!

Everyone Should Squat

I recently watched an interview on Barbell Shrugged with MusclePharm Co-Founder, Cory Gregory on his Squat Every Day Routine.  If you haven’t seen this yet, it is definitely worth a watch.

During this interview, Cory talks about the importance of squatting and why he squats every day.  My absolute favorite quote from this interview is:

“If someone captured your family and said they were going to kill them unless you squatted 500 pounds, would you squat once a week, or would you squat every day?”

If you need a little motivation, watch this clip from Cory’s program.

The History of the Squat

For an awesome look into this history of the squat and why you should use it to get stronger, get leaner, and build a killer foundation for all of your remaining lifts, watch the video below.

4 Reasons Why You Need to Take Squats Seriously

  1. As the legendary John Broz of Average Broz Gym says, “The lifter that can endure the most pain will be the most successful.”
    1. If you want to be successful, you may want to think about squatting every day…
  2. Squats increase cardiac and mental capacity.
    1. Try performing sets of 20 rep back squats, then come back and tell me if your heart isn’t pumping and your body doesn’t want to break…
    2. Squats can improve marathon runners overall running economy…
    3. Squats can improve cyclists overall efficiency…
  3. Squats are one of the best exercises to add muscle mass.
    1. Squats are going to add muscle mass to areas that you cant see with your clothes on, let alone the explosion of growth hormone that is released during heavy squats…
    2. The most obvious muscles that the squat works are: the quads, hamstrings, and glutes – but the core must stabilize the torso and maintain a neutral spine, all while supporting the load and acting as one unified lever. All in all, the squat is one of the few movements that forces the body’s parts to work and grow stronger together as a complete unit…
  4. Squats are one of the most functional and practical movements that translate to other lifts and real life.
    1. The front squat should translate to approximately 80% of your max back squat…
    2. Your clean and jerk should translate to approximately 80% of your max front squat…
    3. Your snatch should translate to approximately 80% of your clean and jerk max…

Take a moment if you have children, look how often they squat.  They squat to color sidewalk chalk, they squat to pick things up, they squat to poop, they squat just to squat!  Did you teach them to squat?  No…  The squat is one of the most practical and earliest adapting movement anyone can do.

A Quick Rant!

Being someone who has a fitness blog, I try to always practice good technique and form.  YouTube is my friend.  If I am struggling to perfect a movement, I search out technique videos.  Sure, my form isn’t always 100% perfect, but you will never find me squatting like some D-Bags in the gym do!

If you are one of these types of squatters in the video below, do yourself, and everyone at the gym a favor and jump off a cliff…

Okay, maybe I should give them the benefit of the doubt…  Maybe they don’t know what proper squat form and depth should be…  Highly doubtful!  They don’t want to put in the work to learn how to squat to full depth, hips passing the knee plane!

After all, it is legs…  Who needs to work legs properly?  You can’t see those in the mirror!  Now, biceps…  That’s a different story!  Let me at them…

Nothing irks me more than to see someone try to look tough and put 6 plates on for squat, only to bend their legs three inches and call it a squat, all while grunting and slamming the weights around.

Please learn how to squat properly, even if it means using lighter weight for a month, just to perfect your technique.  Everyone at the gym is looking at you and saying, “look at this D-Bag trying to look tough”…  I have more respect for someone who squats 135 lbs properly than someone who squats barely moves 315 lbs!

How NOT TO SQUAT!

 

How to perform a PROPER SQUAT!

 

What Are You Waiting For?

Get out there and start squatting!

 

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