Back Squat & the Benefits

DR JESS - Back Squat Benefits

Squats can help

Today’s featured lift is the back squat which helps to increase overall muscle size, strength and performance.
  • Creates a powerful muscle (quads, glutes, and hamstrings) and increases strength.
    – Research has shown that strength is gained the fastest on the movement that is positioned first in the workout, and I’d suggest placing a basic barbell squat into this slot in order to get the very most out of the exercise.
  • Reducing risk of injury.
    – Long gone are the days of avoiding squats because they’re “bad” for your knees and lower back. In fact, as long as you execute your squats using proper form and technique, the literal opposite is true. This is one of the many important benefits of squats that is often over-looked.
    – The majority of athletic injuries occur as a result of weak connective tissues, ligaments and stabilizing muscles, and squats help to strengthen all of these smaller structures to give you a strong and sturdy foundation that is less susceptible to injuries.
  • Improving core strength.
    – Throughout an entire squat, the muscles of your core are forced to work extra hard to keep your body upright and to support your lower back.
    – This improves your overall core strength, which:
    – Carries over to improved strength and performance on other compound exercises.
    – Protects your lower back from injury.
    – Stimulates muscle growth in your abdominals and obliques.
  • Boosts your vertical jump.
    – Squats build significant hip extension strength, which allows you to explode off of the ground more powerfully and improve your vertical leap.
  • Makes you faster.
    – Many studies exist showing a direct correlation between maximal squat strength and sprinting performance, and a quick look at the quad, hamstring and glute development of most world-class sprinters
    should make it obvious as to just how large a role these muscles play.
  • Increases mobility and flexibility.
    – Full range of motion squats not only add muscle onto your entire lower body, but they also improve overall flexibility and mobility as an added bonus by increasing the range of motion of your ankles, knees, hips and lower back.

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