Squat Face Off: The Different Types You Want To Know About Looking to build your lower body? If so, it’s time that you got serious about squatting. Of all the exercises that you could do in your workout protocol, squatting is perhaps the most beneficial. Squats of all varieties will hit your hamstrings, your glutes, as well as your quads, while also calling into play your entire upper body as well. One thing that you do need to realize before you hit the gym and begin however is that not all squats are created equally. There are three key varieties to know about, each with its own set of benefits. Let’s go over what you need to know so that you can make an informed decision. Back Squats The first type of squat is the most common variety performed and is what most people think of when they hear the term ‘squats’. Back squats are where you place the barbell just across the shoulder blades, holding it with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. From there, you lower down, squatting as low as you can go. These squats are excellent for working the quads and hamstrings especially, and for building great body power. They’re great for beginners to learn as the movement pattern should come quite naturally. Front Squats The next squat variety is the front squats. With this variety, you’ll place the bar across the front of the body, as the name suggest. Resting it against the collarbone, you’ll begin to squat down, powering the movement primarily with your quads. The location of the bar when doing squats is going to heavily determine what half of the body gets worked the most. So in back squats, you’ll put more emphasis on hamstrings, while in front squats , it’s nearly all quad activation. For those who want to build a bigger set of quads, this is the variation to use. Low Bar Squats Finally, the last type of squat that you might consider integrating into your program plan is the low bar squat. This one is performed very similar to that of a back squat only now the bar is placed slightly lower on the body, halfway down the shoulder blades. What’s the reasoning for this? Superior glute activation. If you want to ‘build your booty’ so to speak, low bar squat are the way to go. This squat variety will be excellent for giving you that curved appearance you may be going for. Low bar squats will take a bit more time getting used to as far as the movement pattern is concern, so are typically done once you’ve already gotten the feel for the standard back squat. So there you have a closer look at the different varieties of squats that you can do. As you can see, it’s not a one size fits all approach but rather, you need to select your squat variety based on your goals and preferences. About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box ! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|