If you come to MA Fitness, you do squats. There’s no getting around it. Nor should you be getting around it, because squats are the best exercise you can do for your lower body.
According to What’s Cooking America, squats burn .096 calories per pound, per minute. So if you weigh 150 pounds, multiply that by .096 and wham bam thank you ma’am, you’re burning 14.4 calories a MINUTE. The only exercise higher than that on this list is skiing uphill (???) and who in their right mind would do that.
Of course, the emphasis here is on doing squats correctly. Proper form is a non-negotiable, as you’ve probably heard a time or two. If you are not performing squats correctly, you risk injury to the knees and hips, and even if you don’t hurt yourself, you won’t reap the many benefits of squatting anyway. And believe me, the benefits are, indeed, many.
There is a good way to squat, and there is a bad way to squat. First, we examine the bad way.