Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Squatting...is the best exercise you can do to develop lean body mass. But do you know that is is more beneficial to squat deep rather than short, or a partial squat. The right depth lies at a point where the hips and the top surface of the legs are lower than the point of the knee.
One reason why to squat deeper is you activate more hamstring participation. By getting the hamstring involved it takes some strain off the ACL. For those of you who have ACL issues. Shallow squats don't fully involve the hamstrings, don't fully involve the hips, don't challenge the muscular system much, and can put more, not less, pressure on the ACL. It may take a few workouts to get use to the deep squat, start with a lighter weight until you have the correct position, and add more weight from there. Repitions are up to you and your body...lighter weights more reps, heavier the weight, the less you will be able to preform correctly.
The deep squat not only builds up the thighs, but has an effect on the entire body, bones, muscles, metabolism, ligaments and more. Squats transform, deep square transform deeply!
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar