Squats Might Be Killing You
Squats are a go-to exercise for most trainers today. But it’s possible squats are not the right exercise for you.
We are all different and our body types, backgrounds, strengths, challenges and goals are not the same. This means we cannot all be doing exactly the same things, nor should we.
You did not specify how you measured the strength in your legs or how long you did squats before you realized it wasn’t working for your goal of strengthening your legs. You obviously have your reasons or proof and I believe they are legitimate. I would, however, recommend that you adopt an approach that includes some of these points below.
1. Limiting Ideologies
Don’t limit yourself to conclusions that only allow you to look at one exercise as the key to your goals. I have met clients who had limiting beliefs that stem from what they have read or are being told by others.
It’s often false that only one type of exercise or method can give us results we seek, so it is wrong to adopt that mindset. If we believe that we differ as people, bodytypes, shapes, strengths and goals, it makes zero sense to then say that only one exercise — the squat — can address those differences for all body types and characteristics.
2. Muscular Endurance
If you want to build great strength in your legs or any other part of your body you need to focus on building muscular endurance in your legs. Without knowing how many reps of squats you are doing, I can go out on a limb and say maybe you aren’t doing enough reps.
There are many techniques, routines or combinations of routines that we can employ to achieve our goals. I don’t squat and I know a lot of people who do not squat for different reasons. This is not to bash squats, but I do not believe it works for my body and my needs, so I removed it from my workouts 14 years ago and it’s been phenomenal.
And yes, I have achieved amazing results with other exercises.
Consider doing more anaerobic exercises if strength is what you seek.
Anaerobic exercise routines are used by athletes in non-endurance sports to promote strength, speed and power and by body builders to build muscle mass.
Examples of anaerobic exercises include heavy weight training, sprinting, running or cycling, and jumping.
So from this definition, it is clear that we have a variety of options to strengthen our legs. We aren’t restricted to just one exercise.
Since squatting hasn’t worked for you, my suggestion is to try other exercises that build strength. Try these and make sure you do them safely and properly to avoid injuries.
If squats aren’t working for you, here are some of my unique UFiiT exercises that will get you really awesome results.
1. UFiiT One leg: Tilt
2. One legged kick-backs
3. Lateral or side to side lunges.
See how your body responds to these exercises. This will give you more knowledge about creating a proper plan that combines all the exercises that work for you. You might discover that squats combined with other exercises helps you make progress.
Remember, no two people are the same, so we shouldn’t all expect to do the same workout.