Squats: The Ultimate Functional Exercise
Squats offer many health benefits and if no injuries are in the way, they should be included in most, if not all, fitness routines. In addition to the obvious benefits squats have in building leg strength, here are some other benefits of this challenging exercise.
1. Building muscle in the entire body. When done with proper form, squats trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone. Both these hormones are essential for muscle growth and will help improve muscle mass when you train other parts of your body (Mercola, 2011).
2. Squats are an extremely functional exercise! By functional we mean an exercise that will allow the body to perform day to day exercises with more efficiency (not just make you better at operating a piece of gym equipment), such as walking up stairs, bending over to pick something up, moving furniture or even carrying a toddler on your back. Squatting is a natural human movement and has been since we were hunter gatherers (Mercola, 2011).
3. Injury Prevention. Most injuries from sports or athletic activity is a result of weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which squats on the Power Plate® will significantly improve. The motion of a squat will also increase range of motion in the hips and ankles, and improve overall flexibility and balance (Mercola, 2011).
When you perform squats on the Power Plate® at Symmetry, you are not only going to strengthen your prime mover muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings and calves), you are also going to engage all the small muscle fibers, increase your flexibility and range of motion in the hips, and improve your overall balance and mobility. And better yet, you don’t need to load your body with up tons of weight to get the same benefits! By setting the Power Plate® to even the lowest setting of 30Hz, you will trigger 30 involuntary muscle contractions per second (that’s 1800 per minute)!
We challenge you to add squats to your exercise routine and try them out on the Power Plates® at Symmetry Health Center in Alameda. We’re confident you will notice a difference when you stay consistent!