This week is all about every one's favorite and most hated exercise, the squat! There is no single movement that has more benefits than the squat and its arguably the most difficult to perform, but if you can muster up enough courage to put the weight of the world on your shoulders, squat down till your ass hits your heels and stand up again you will find that there's no better feeling in the world.
Squatting is painful there's no ifs, ands, or buts about it, that said it is the highest testosterone producing exercise, can build bone density, and if done correctly is much more than just a leg workout. Squatting builds mass PERIOD but it also builds something else, something more.. Character.
Squatting like everything else in this world only works when its done correctly. Anyone can half-ass something at work, or put off cleaning the house just like anyone can put a couple plates on a bar and squat down two inches and stand up again. No progress will come from any of this. However if you can push yourself to your limits and find that full range of motion while performing the squat you will find success and you will see results. There's something about fighting the force of gravity and standing up with that bar across your shoulders that translates to everyday life, like some awesome iron bending metaphor. So on your next leg day if you don't already squat correctly I want you to swallow a little pride, take some weight off, and get that ass low. Do your squats correctly. Build that muscle. Build that character.
Written by Jesse Archer Westtburgh: Facebook & Bodybuilding.com