Hey fitness friends! Today I want to talk to you about the one thing 57% of women and 46% of men want to do. BURN FAT! Most people have been raised to believe that this can only be done through cardio. Us trainers? Yeah. We know otherwise.
There is something you can do that doesn’t only burn calories during your sweat-session, but keeps on burning them even when you’re asleep.
I know what you’re thinking. This guy’s nuts. Not quite!
I’m talking about the power of “Squatting”. But…why and how do squats accelerate weight loss? Well, it’s actually backed by science. The number one factor in weight-loss: Nutrition. Number two: Nutrition. Number three: SQUATS! It’s the best exercise you can do to burn calories around the clock.
“I’ve never squatted before. What if I break something?”
It’s pretty simple. I’ve got a video on my YouTube channel showing you how, but basically, it involves bending down and up repeatedly. It’s all about the stance, making sure you squat with your heels shoulder-width apart. Turn your feet out by about 30o, keep your back nice and flat, and ask yourself: How low can you go?
Now, be warned: if you’re a squatting-newbie and go a little too low (for too long) you’ll probably be walking around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame for a few days. Maybe you can’t even stand up or sit down without letting out an unexpected shriek. Don’t worry – muscle tears are perfectly normal, and it’s a good thing.
It means they’ll just grow back stronger and readier than ever, while you still burn calories long after your workout. However, it’s important to encourage healing by increasing your protein intake.
The most important thing is to commit. Take runners for example. I myself used to be a long-distance runner, and I understand just how important it is to keep practicing on a regular basis. As with anything in life, repetition is key. This is also vital if you want to lose the pounds – and keep them off.
Back to squats. They’re not only the best weight-loss tool at your disposal. They’re also an incredible way to shape up your legs and lower body – not to mention sculpt your abs and strengthen your core. It will also work to increase your stamina and upper body strength, especially if you’re holding onto a kettlebell for an extra challenge. This is called a “Goblet Squat”.
Grab it “by the horns” so to speak, close to your chest, and try to squeeze in as many reps as you can. Aim for at least 15. When it comes to kettlebell weight, anywhere between 15 and 20 pounds is a perfect starting point. However, it depends on your own ambition!
Note – this is much safer than holding a barbell on your back and shoulders; which can put unnecessary pressure on your spine and knees.
That’s about it for today. I hope this helped. Remember to keep your eyes peeled, as we’ll be releasing new blog posts as often as possible to keep you at the top of your game.
If you want to learn more, be sure to pay Octane a visit. My trainers and I are ready to help you squat your way to better health.