The squat didn't start out as the king of all weight lifting exercises.
The squat is actually a normal resting position for us.
Watch small kids. They squat down and will even rest in that position while they play with toys. It's fascinating watching a small kid move around and to watch how mobile and flexible.
This is how we should still be moving… like a small kid. We need to be mobile and flexible throughout our life. Squats help us to keep our mobility, balance, and flexibility.
Kids have no trouble at all keeping perfect squatting form without even thinking. They have no trouble rising up from the lowest position of the squat.
This should tell you 100% that squats are natural.
Squatting is also said to be the best position for using the bathroom. I haven't done as much research on this, but I do know enough that we should be using the bathroom from the squat position instead of sitting on a normal toilet.
Let's forget about the toilet talk for now, though.
Here at WLC, we'll be using the squat as one of the 7 core weight lifting exercises. This means you'll find some type of squat movement in each and every weight lifting workout program here at WLC.
Squats and deadlifts, in my opinion, are the 2 BEST weight lifting exercises in existence. Both will work your entire body and will allow you to lift more weight than ANY other exercises.
Lifting heavy weight will do special things for your body and this is just one reason the squat works so well for building lean muscle mass, strength, and power.
Squats are one of the most useful weight lifting exercises in existence BUT also one of the most misunderstood exercises if not THE most misunderstood.
Many people do this exercise completely wrong and that's why the movement can be dangerous.
Doctors have even spread the word that squats are bad for you. Squats are 100% GREAT for you if done properly.
If you learn how to do squats properly, this exercise will provide you with amazing benefits.
The squat uses a HUGE number of muscle groups within your body. The lower body is really worked hard but the upper body also has to work very hard. If you work on increasing the weight on a consistent basis, you won't need to do ab exercises to get a six pack.
If you haven't been squatting regular for some time now, you'll have difficulty doing a squat. But that's okay, you've got to start working on the squat movement right now.
Work on your balance, flexibility, and strength. It will all come back to you quickly. You might even have some joint issues most likely because you haven't been squatting for a while now.
Start squatting today. Start with just your body weight. Rest in the bottom position. During your normal day, start resting in the squat position more when you have a chance. Your movement will come back. Your life will get better with the squat.
I hope this page helped explain squats to you. Maybe you've learned something you didn't know.