Squats are one of the best movements a human being can do. They are most functional movement that our bodies perform each day. Every time we get off the couch, use the toilet, get in and out of the car, we are squatting.
Fitness professionals will train both a back squat & front squat as a way to strengthen a person's lower body. The best thing about squats, however, is how multi faceted they are. Meaning that they utilize so many different muscle groups.
- Your posterior chain, which is composed of lower back hamstrings and glutes
- Your interior chain, which is made up of the 4 quadriceps and hip flexors
- Your main support structure, your core.
As you can see the squat is a full body movement. Everything from the stability of your upper back to hold the bar in place, through your core which works to keep your torso upright, down your entire legs, into the ground through of your feet. The squat utilizes more muscle mass then any other movement.
It is important we train the squat regularly since it crosses over into so much of our daily life. Anytime we perform a sit to stand, we are going through the squatting motion. By adding regular squat training into your fitness routine, you will be increasing muscle strength, joint mobility, & body awareness. All extremely important factors needed to stay active as we age.