The effects of squats have been exaggerated over the years but I am writing this to let you know that squats work. Yes, squats help to lift the butt up and make your glutes strong. I know this because I have experienced it. The first time I knew squat as a form of exercise was when I started my fitness journey. I was on Shaun T’S T25 workout program. Of course, back then, I didn’t have all the information I have now about healthy eating and maintaining the lifestyle.
A squat is a strength exercise in which the trainee lowers their hips from a standing position and then stands back up. During the descent of a squat, the hip and knee joints flex while the ankle joint dorsiflexes; conversely the hip and knee joints extend and the ankle joint plantarflexes when standing up – Wikipedia
I don’t exercise as often as I used to because I know what works for me now. When I realize I’ve been slacking, I start walking again. When I notice my butt has dropped, I start squatting again. You may want to do 100 reps every day(This is what I do) or more. I’d like to add that it’s important to remember that everyone’s body is different and everyone’s fitness journey is different.
How To Squat Properly
According to Shaun T, most people don’t squat properly and this is why they don’t see results. Start in an upright position with your feet slightly wider than your shoulder-width apart. Go into a squat as if you’re going to sit on a chair, then return to the starting position while squeezing your glutes. It is important to put your weight into your heels, keep your lats engaged throughout the process, ensure your upper body is behind your knee and keep your hips forward when you come up. Don’t worry, with practice you will get it right. You can watch the video below where Shaun T teaches how to perform a basic squat.
Types of Squats
There are so many types of squats so you can easily find one that works for you. However, you need to know how to do a basic squat before exploring the types of squats. The squats I do include;
> Power Squats
> Pile Squats
> Sumo Squats
> Squat Pulse
> Jump Squats
> Weighted Squats
How To Monitor Progress
Just like everything you do in life that you want to get good and quick results, you need to invest a lot of time in it and monitor the progress. To check how you’re doing, all you need is your index finger and a full-length mirror. The day you begin, place your index finger under your butt. For people that have never really focused on their lower body while exercising, you will almost not see your finger when you look in the mirror. Three weeks later, place your finger under again. You will be astonished by the results because the space underneath your butt may no longer exist.
So now you have the inside information all you need is the resilience and determination to get it done. As with every form of exercise, the effect of squats cause lower body pains but this “pain” passes quickly when it becomes a routine.
Make it fun, do a 30-day challenge with your friends or family.