The humble squat might just be the most effective exercise you can do, It engages the entire lower half of your body, including your hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves, while also hitting your core, shoulders, and back.
But how low should you go?
Here’s the lowdown on deep squatting, whether it’s right for you, and how you can do it safely and effectively. Let’s get low.
The benefits of deep squats
There are three common squat depths:
- Full squat: (deep squat). Your hips go down below your knees.
- Parallel squat. Your thighs are parallel to the floor.
- Half squat. Your hips remain above your knees during the squat.
Squats are generally great for working out your glutes and legs. And deep squats come with benefits like greater muscle activation and athletic performance.
Not only is deep squatting effective, it’s also a one way ticket to a nice Strong Glutes and strong back.
A study found that back squats (squats with additional weight or resistance in the upper body) activate the muscles that support your back even more than planks.
- Here are the muscles targeted while deep squatting:
- rectus abdominis, obliques, transverse abdominis, and erector spinae (core and abdominal muscles)
- gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius (your rear end)
- hamstrings (the backs of your thighs)
- quadriceps (the fronts of your thighs)
- adductor (groin)
- hip flexors
- calves and legs
A major bonus?
You can do squats anywhere, at the gym, outdoors, or in your living room while watching TV.
Doing what works for you
Modifying exercises according to your needs, stamina, and ability is always the right choice. And always check in with a doctor or physical therapist to make sure everything you’re doing is aligned with your health goals.