If you’re following the program, you know we have back squats on the menu today.
I love back squats. Do you know why?
For starters, they help to build an insanely strong lower body. They utilize almost every lower body muscle in unison – can you say powerhouse move? This translates into real world strength.
Doing back squats, and firing up all your major muscle groups helps increase the hormone release in your body – specifically testosterone and growth hormone. These are key things to getting your body stronger and growing your muscles.
They also help to improve flexibility in your lower hip complex – this helps reduce back pain and makes every day life easier.
When you’re squatting any type of weight, your core is engaged BIG time. Back squats enhance your core strength since your core is working overtime to stabilize, especially when squatting heavy.
By building your primary stabilizers (glutes, hamstrings, and quad muscles), back squats reduce your chance of injuries when done correctly.
Did you know that they also help to improve your vertical jump? Squats build hip extension, which is key to producing power (which you need to jump higher).
These are just some of the reasons why back squats are a staple in the program, and a favorite of mine.