Originally Posted by RFX45
Since we are in the subject, can someone explain why squats are one of the best workouts out there?
1. It involves the largest amount of muscles, and the largest muscles in terms of size in the whole body.
>It makes sense that the large muscles in your body are what's required for functional strength (and endurance), hence training them the most will have the greatest effect on functional strength.
>if mass gain is your goal, it makes sense to train the large muscles too.
2. It recruits the muscles down from your lower back, ass and hamstrings. I think these + smaller surrounding muscles are what's known as the Posterior Chain. The movement also involves the core muscles, so it sets you up for good posture, and again, functional strength. The strength added to your core and posterior chain helps with other lifts.
3. It takes a little bit of practice, but overall it's a fairly natural movement, which means again functional strength, but also good proportions in building. i know you would've seen those guys with massive thighs doing squats, but it's far easier to get a disproportionately large chest/arms/whatever because you can isolate to that muscle. Most guys who do squats are very well proportioned.
that's all i can think of for now.