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We know what it's like to be obsessed with fitness. And when you love to train as much as us, you know just how important it is to keep up-to-date with training techniques so you can get the most out of your workout.

Squats have been getting a lot of press recently. Not only for their ability to give you tight abs and bulletproof butt cheeks, but there are lots of other benefits in hanging out at the squat rack too.

Here are our top 10 reasons as to why you should squat:

 

1) Build muscle

Not just in your lower body, but squats are compound exercises which means they engage a range of muscle groups around the body. Full body exercises are much more likely to stimulate the production of muscle-building hormones such as testosterone, helping your body to reap the rewards of your workout.

 

2) Torch fat

Muscle is more draining on your energy supplies than fat. This means the higher percentage of muscle you have in your body, the more calories you burn at rest. That's great news for you and your metabolism. Squat with weights to build muscle and watch as the fat melts away.

 

3) Level up

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Not only do squats help to train a wide variety of muscles around your body, but each different squat type – sumo, front, farmer, goblet etc... – helps to re-focus the trajectory of weight. This in turn allows you to isolate each muscle set, bit by bit, so you can keep smashing your PBs and get yourself to the next level.

 

4) Increase flexibility

Doing squats requires a good amount of flexibility – especially if you're aiming to go full depth. And because ankle and hip flexibility aren't always one of our strong points, doing squats will help you maintain good joint health, motion and strength.

 

5) Focus your core

Core strength is really important for helping you to avoid back injuries – especially in later life. And although there's a gym myth that says squats just work your lower body, they do in fact require a straight back and perfect posture.

With your lower back helping to support the weight of your barbell, your abs need to be engaged to help resist the downward force. This is great news for your core strength, plus you get an upper body workout at the same as working your quads.

 

6) Improve your balance

Free-weights are ideal for helping you work your stabiliser muscles, as your body is constantly having to keep you steady. This means you engage a lot more than if you were just isolating muscles on the weight machines. Great for your overall strength as well as your balance.

 

7) Improve your grip strength

Anyone who is new to squats will quickly find just how much your body is engaged when squatting - it's not just about leg strength. If you're used to taking a heavy load on the leg press, be prepared to take it back down a few notches while you work on your shoulders, hips and overall grip strength.

 

8) Power up your sprints

Whether you love to run or have to drag yourself onto the treadmill, squats are great for giving you that extra boost. Power up your hill sprints or increase your speed, squats target your glutes, thighs, hips and lower back – all of which are essential for propelling you forward.

 

9) Prevent injuries

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Squats are ideal for helping you to avoid certain pitfalls in later life. Core strength is vital for preventing back injuries and by having strong muscles in your back, your spine is much more supported. Hip injuries are also common in later life. Squats strengthen your hip flexors and the muscles surrounding your joints, so that can really help keep everything in good working order.

 

10) Squat at home

Squats can be done anytime, anywhere, making them really easy to fit into your daily regime. And with a squat rack at home, there's even more opportunity to get all these benefits on a regular basis as you squat, build and rep max your way to the next level.

 

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Having the right equipment at home will really help you optimise your squat training regime – plus, we won't mind if you use it to curl either.

Squat racks with spotter bars will help you to reach your point of failure safely. Squat ramps and foam rollers are also really beneficial – especially if you're working on your flexibility.

As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with the team at Mirafit. Find us on Instagram and Facebook @Mirafitofficial.