The Fit Life – 2019.8 – Squat Foundation
“Your foundation is always going to be your strength”
– Dr Hatfield
In our pursuit of being the strongest and fittest athlete forever and ever, we are constantly battling against desk jobs, sitting in our cars, and day-to-day life. Making it more important than ever to SQUAT, SQUAT, SQUAT every damn day to make sure your body is performing at it’s best!
SQUATS – they might be the King/Queen of all exercises. They develop lower body strength and promote a stronger core. And the best part, there are so many variations of the squat, you will never get bored!
But, squats are not the easiest to perform correctly or to gain the full range of motion. To get the full benefit of the exercise, you need to know how to DO THEM RIGHT. This means, building the fundamentals.
Fundamentals of each variation are built with low volume and low weight. Once the foundation has been built, we can then start to build.
- Air Squat
- Goblet Squat
- Barbell Squat
The Air Squat
The Air Squat is the first order of business. This movement needs to be perfected before all others. This squat is done with no weight and just your body. It may be a beginners exercise, but we can ramp it up with volume when we’re ready to make it more challenging.
The Goblet Squat
Once we have mastered the Air Squat, we can start to challenge ourselves by adding some weight. With the Goblet Squat, the weight can be added in terms of a dumbbell, kettlebell, medicine ball or anything you can hold in front of you.
The cool part about this exercise is that it doesn’t just work your lower body. Your upper body needs to do some work too in order to keep that weight up and in good position! This full body move should be a go to!
The Barbell Squat
This is a BIG move with BIG results, but before you start throwing on the weight, make sure you are ready.
Legs, Core, Upper Body – your full body will be tested. The Barbell Squat works all the major muscle groups in the lower body while strengthening your joints, ligaments and tendons around your knees and hips. AND burns a heck of a lot of calories when doing it.
Master the Air Squat then the Goblet Squat and then put your body to the test with the Barbell Squat. Your body will thank you.