January 29th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

I love squats. I train my clients on squats, especially squat presses. I’m a stickler for proper form, and suggest going down slowly (think count to 3 or 5) and coming up strong. Here are some more thoughts on why I love squats:

• Squats are mostly known as a leg exercise, but they promote body-wide muscle building by catalyzing an anabolic environment

• Squats are also one of the best functional exercises out there, promoting mobility and balance and helping you complete real-world activities with ease

• Squats also help you to burn more fat, as one of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories continually is by developing more muscle

• Squats have long been criticized for being destructive to your knees, but research shows that when done properly, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue

• Squats are one type of exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s fitness routine, as they provide whole-body benefits