Learn what bodybuilding greats can teach you about squats
Squats are very complex exercises, they give a very strong impulse for your body, telling your nervous system that it's in the middle of a big movement, which is taxing for the whole body.
Testosterone levels skyrocket while squatting, this exercise alone can also initiate growth hormone secretion.
Due to these hormonal effects – with the presence of the proper implementation of the technique, proper nutrition, and sufficient resting – the body will grow stronger after squatting. Furthermore, even muscle groups that aren't even working during the exercise (biceps for example) will also get stronger.
There are a lot of muscles that are working during squats, and the heart, the lungs, the blood circulation all have a major role in this exercise, this makes squats even more important, besides other exercises of course.
Let me share one thing with you, you should try it also – I already have, and it worked, even though I have lived with a partial knee ligament tear for more than 20 years now –, in order to improve your skills on squats and to achieve its positive hormonal effects I just mentioned.
I have some help here, namely the videos of some professional bodybuilders, whom it is worth learning from. Let's see these videos first, then let's draw the conclusions.
Ronnie Coleman, one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time comes first:
Let's see one more video from Mamdouh „Big Ramy” Elssbiay, who placed 2nd in the 2017 Mr. Olympia behind Phil Heath:
Let's see the champion, how the current Mr. O, Phil Heath squats:
And now the conclusions:
They do not straighten themselves up completely – they're constantly "hold the weights", maintaining 100% full control the whole time, there is no rest at the top, knees are always bent, and their hip never go forward.
Concentration on the upper parts of the gluteal muscles is prioritized (worth checking out how does their upper gluteal muscles look, for example, Ronnie Coleman's).
They apply the same technique when lifting heavier weights.
I don't say that you can only squat like that, but it is worth trying out doing it the way the best in the business do it.
And don't forget, if you try this new technique, reduce the number of weights on the bar, because if you're not used to it, the exercise will be much harder than usual.
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