Squats are a favorite among bodybuilders, powerlifters, and all other athletes and it isn’t by coincidence. The reason is plain and simple – they work. Squats are not only effective for building a strong lower body; they also deliver numerous other benefits such as increased flexibility and increased hormone release. Total body exercises such as squats are potent stimulators for muscle building hormones like testosterone and growth hormone. Since they involve almost every muscle in the body, they cause a great stimulus for growth. Your core becomes engaged as well because of the fact that squats are loaded from top to bottom which means your core has to work extremely hard to prevent injury and stabilize an upright posture. And lastly, squatting will boost your flexibility as a result of your body moving through a full range of motion. Deep squatting helps with increasing the range of motion in the entire hip complex. The benefits of that increased flexibility is reduced back pain and easier time getting through your daily activities or sporting events. So why have you been neglecting this wonderful exercise? Take a look at the video below to get a look at the 8 best squat variations and begin incorporating them into your routine immediately!
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