You don’t need to labor under a weight rack in order to get a pump and get your heart rate soaring.
Do you want to burn fat and be the lean powerhouse you know you can be? Here’s a simple addition to your day (at the office, on vacation, at the kids practice) that will help you get there sooner. Air squats require no additional equipment, heck you don’t even need shoes!
Your legs constitute the largest muscle group in your body. As you activate these muscles through strength training exercises such as squatting, you’re causing them to grow into stronger, sexier fat burning machines. Put them to work in order to make them more efficient, stronger and attractive.
Everybody loves good looking legs just ask around!
How to do the squats
The squat is a fundamental movement that everyone knows how to do. If you need a reminder, here are a few pointers:
- Lead all movements with your hips. As you lower yourself into the squat, move your hips backwards and down and bend the knees. As you straighten from the bottom position, push your heels into the floor and push your hips forwards to straighten up. Your upper body will naturally follow
- Don’t lock out your knees at the top of the movement otherwise you rest the weight on your bones. You want to keep your muscles under tension all the time so keep the knees slightly bent
- The right breathing technique is crucial in squats. As you go down, breathe in deeply. Hold your breath as you push up and release towards the top of the movement. Keeping your breath in as you push up helps create pressure in your abdomen and make it rigid
- Feet positioning alters the effect of the exercise on the quads. Slightly larger than shoulder-width is the standard position but try much wider, sumo style, or a plie squat, to target other areas of the leg.
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