According to Dr. Jeff Volek, author of The TNT Diet, squats are so demanding that they trigger the release of hormones like testosterone. Once those hormones enter the bloodstream, they support the growth of your whole body.
And because squats are truly a full-body exercise, you burn a ton of calories when you perform them.
How can a “leg exercise” be a full body? When you place a loaded barbell on your back, every muscle in the body has to fire.
• Your upper back muscles hold the weight and help keep the body upright throughout the set.
• Your core must fire to prevent the body from tipping over.
• And of course, every muscle group in the lower body plays a part in the movement.
As I mentioned earlier, squats play a essential part of the muscular system. They help correct many imbalances that you could have developed over the years.
We didn’t start out this way. Ever watch a two-year old bend down to pick something up off the floor? It’s a picture perfect squat every time.