There are two types of people in the gym world; the ones who are running over to the squat rack as we speak or the ones who are pacing back and forth trying to think of any excuse as to why they just can’t bring themselves to do them. You either count down until it’s time to throw the 45’s on that bar and drop that ass low, or simply despise the thought of the movement itself, but there’s no denying that squats do the body and booty GOOD.
STRENGTH PROGRAM OR SELFIE MAGNET?
Squats have been considered one of the three main power lifts since before Arnold decided to mess around with weights, and they don’t look like they’re going anywhere, any time soon. Although squat programs are the original booty and quad builder for both strength and size, they’ve evolved into the ultimate “like” attractor thanks to social media. Women like Katy Hearn and Jen Selter have become instfamous because of their backsides (and lower body fitness challenges they offer their followers), but mention that they’re fitness professionals to an old school power lifter and you’re guaranteed to get a slap in the mouth or a “Is that one of Jim Wendler’s daughters?”
I SAID, SQUAT NOT THOT
Whether you’re trying to get an ass on or not, going through a squat cycle is going to accentuate what you have or give you a little something to grab on to. And not only will it help your backside, but when done correctly squats will help strengthen the tendons, bones, ligaments, and muscles throughout the whole lower body. There are tons of squat programs ranging from 4 times a week such as the Smolov program or ones like the Wendler 5 3 1 that you can pair up with other power lifts to increase strength, size, and power, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.
LADIES LOVE BOOTY TOO (ON GUYS)
Who doesn’t enjoy a perky butt? Ladies, I’m talking to you here. For some reason, guys used to think it was only cool to lift their upper body, get their biceps swole, and have a chest that would be considered a double D in the chick world. Luckily that trend seems to be declining, and men too, are heading away from the pec deck and over to the squat rack. And why is this awesome? Because a guy who squats is more likely to have a stable midline (rawr), knows how to work his hips correctly, and can drop it low with you on the dance floor.
MY PANTS ARE TOO SMALL BUT MY APPETITE IS HUGE
You will never know the true struggle of trying to put on a pair of jeans until you go through a squat program. Not only does your ass get bigger, but your quads and appetite go through some mighty morphin’ changes as well. Whether you can get them past your butt or not, your pants are going to feel a hell of a lot tighter than they did before you started the program. Your muscles are becoming denser and literally growing, so you may need to plan a trip to the jean store after you’re done with a cycle. And why won’t your stomach shut up? Because your body is using so much energy and so many calories that it needs to refuel and as long as you’re doing that with the right foods, give it what it wants!
IN THE WORDS OF DRAKE, THANK ME LATER…
They may suck while you’re doing them but there are a ton of reasons why squat programs are awesome, both inside and outside of the gym. 10lb wall balls will feel like 2lbs, carrying 10 bags of groceries up 4 flights of stairs will become a joke, and have you checked out your backside in a Maxi dress yet? Because you should.