Squat exercises are great for a total lower body workout, but if you add in some weight resistance to your arms you've got a full-body workout.
Basic squats effectively work most of the major muscle groups of the butt, hips and thighs. They're a very versatile exercise too, that you can do in almost any location - so really there's no excuse not to do them.
How to Do a Common Squat Exercise
- Stand with your feet hip width apart.
- Tighten and pull in your abdominal muscles.
- Lower your body as if you were going to sit in a chair. Keep the motion slow.
- Stop when your legs are parallel to the floor.
- Stay in this position for a few seconds.
- Now press down onto your heels and slowly rise back up to a standing position.
- Repeat the exercise for a total of 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps.
- Be sure to rest for 60 to 90 seconds between sets.
So just exactly what does the squat exercise actually do?
Tones the Legs - throughly engages the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles which in turn tones and strengthens the legs. TOP TIP - Slow the exercise down and really feel the burn.
Lifts the Butt - this is most definitely the effect it had on Kylie Minogue, the squat exercise with tighten and lift the butt.
Strengthens the Core - Abdominal and back muscles are needed to keep balance during the movement, the result is tighter, flatter abdomen and a stronger lower back. TOP TIP - The tighter you hold your muscles the stronger they will become.
Upper Body Workout - Once you've gotten the hang og squat exercises, add some intensity to the workout with weights. This is essentially giving you a full-body workout. TOP TIP - It's especially important to maintain proper form when using weight. Keep your knees aligned with your feet and don't squat beyone the point where your thighs are parallel to the ground.
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