Bodyweight squats are one of the best forms of bodyweight exercises you can do during workouts. They’re great for any age or skill level, they can be done virually anywhere, and they do a great job of strengthening your muscles and joints. Not only that, but they can make a serious dent in your goals to gain massive full body mass. There’s a reason why squats are so often part of a fully-body training regimen to gain some serious muscle mass.
The most popular squat is the conventional bodyweight squat. This kind of squat is truly beneficial in keeping your knee joints in good shape, which is key to long-term fitness goals. While they don’t necessary recruit the muscle fibers necessary to develop powerful legs, everyone should do a few sets of these weekly for the body benefits they provide. This form of a squat requires you to stand with your feet shoulder part, and your toes pointing outward. You squat all the way down, pushing your butt out behind you and going as low as possible. To stand, you push your heels back up, pushing yourself to an upright position. Repeat these until muscle fatigue.
The most effective of all bodyweight squats for building serious muscle mass on your legs is the one-legged squat. These squats are far more demanding on your leg muscles and they fire a lot of muscle fibers n the quads and hamstrings. You can get some great explosive power from doing these squats. These kind of squats start in a standing position, with one leg in the air in front of you. You hold your arms straight ahead and slowly lower yourself with the other leg until you are as far down towards the ground as you can get. Hold this for a few seconds and then slowly lift yourself back up in a reverse fashion. You then switch to the other leg and go back and forth. You will really feel the burn with these after just a few, when you first begin.
Hindu squats are also great for building endurance, explosive leg power, and strength. Starting in standing position, with your feet shoulder width apart and your feet facing forward, you squat all the way down. When you are at the lower part, you should be on the balls of our feet. To stand back up, push through with the balls of your feet. Repeat.
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