Do you even squat bro? Squats are one of the best exercises to help build that lower body, engaging almost every muscle in the body. If you aren’t squatting, you need to add it into your training. But which squats should you do? There are two squats you need to do to help get the most out of leg day: Back and Front squats.
Back Squats place more of the load onto the posterior half: the glutes and hamstrings. The bar is placed across the traps/rear delts, loading the spine. It places compressive forces down the vertebra forcing the core to work hard to protect your lower back. When performing the movement, we must make sure that your back is straight, tight, and upright.
Front Squats on the other hand place the load onto anterior half: the quads. The bar is placed across the front of your shoulders. Because the weight is in front, your lower back is working hard to keep your body upright. To protect the lower back from taking all the work, keep that core engaged to help keep your chest up nice and tall.
Whatever your fitness journey is, add both of these into your training. You’ll see results not only in your quads, glutes and hamstrings, but also helping develop a solid core.
Not sure how to perform the movement correctly? There are a lot of things to think about when doing a squat: foot placement, knees out, hips back, back straight, chest up. Go see a Coach (like myself) and get the guidance you need to help perform the movements safely and effectively.
By James Drew
SGX certified coach
Blogging thoughts from OCRA Team