- Special Sections
- Public Notices
We all have a love-hate relationship with squats, the so-called “king” of all exercises.
But by understanding the mechanics and benefits of the squat, you can increase your attraction to this exercise and enhance its value in your routine.
When performed correctly, squats build the body’s power muscles of the lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs. Being an exercise with a large range of motion, the squat stretches each area worked and then requires a hard contraction of the muscle spindles to perform the lift.
More than any other exercise, the squat maximizes strength development while minimizing joint stress.
Despite their relative safety, as with all compound exercises, form is critical to prevent injury while performing squats. Consult with a fitness professional if you have any questions before performing squats.
There are three segments to executing the squat: the ready position, the descent and the ascent.
In the ready position, the bar is placed across the shoulders. The load of the weight is distributed across the mass of the upper back and not on the top of the shoulders.
If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.
Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.
If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.