Back squatting for days


The back squat:

The back squat is probably one of the more popular forms of exercise in the gym and it always amazes me how people believe that in order to “form a round butt” you have to squat more, when I know that their other forms of exercises and that really all squatting does is strengthen this particular area. You don’t get a booty from just pure squats nothing else; it takes time and dedication and multitude of things that come together that create the “round booty” effect.  Now I personally don’t do squats daily, but I am going to start to and this may amaze you that I don’t; this is mostly due to the fact I just never had squats as my “go to” exercise, but I do enjoy them even if they hurt like hell some days. lol. I highly recommend squats for no other reasons then what I am going to list down below and because if you are someone who enjoys lifting, like myself then this is a fun and very versatile exercise that can be done in many, many ways. The squat I am going to refer to today is the infamous back squat, the more adaptable one and probably the one that is done more often than the rest if I was to guess.  Keep in mind that squats don’t have to be done with a huge amount of weights, you don’t have to overdue it to have a good effect on your muscles, take your time and don’t rush something especially if you don’t have form and technique down (which is the MOST  important thing during this exercise), back squats don’t have to be something you go all the way to the floor either, you can simple do them at a 90 degree angle and or bend as far as you can without hurting yourself.  If you are someone who has bad knees or horrible core strength this might be a bit difficult and you may need to start out without using the barbell (this is perfectly fine).  

  • Great total body workout
  • tones the legs (slowing down makes the workout more intense)
  • lifts the butt & tightens
  • strengthens the core muscles
  • increases flexibility (joint flexibility)
  • Upper body workout (when you add weights)
  • increased hormone release
  • reduced chance of injury for someone who jumps, runs 
  • increases vertical jump
  • improved workout efficiency

Squats are a good exercise because we pretty much replicate this type of movement in our daily lives, and for that reason alone it will only enhance our chances of being able to bend down with less aches and pains and as we age it might become easier, but whose to say? I think personally when people squat they shouldn’t worry so much about the loads but about the form and technique and how well they squat. With squats can come injuries if they are not performed right or if someone has prior injuries and does not recognize the damage the squat could possibly do and not to mention overtime it can cause wear and tear but that is with any exercise and doesn’t mean it is “bad” for you. If you are someone who isn’t comfortable performing the back squat using a barbell, try something less with less weight and or with no equipment like the above picture. Don’t be afraid to squat in the gym either, I know sticking your butt out might seem uncomfortable and may cause you to worry about what others are thinking but honestly.. everyone pretty much back squats the same way if they are doing it correctly and if you do choose to squat, using the mirror is very important as well so you can keep an eye out for bad form. Thanks for reading, please feel free to share, like, comment, reblog, and follow me! 



Your blogger Shay-lon


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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

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