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How To Do The Perfect Squat To Sculpt Your Ideal Booty

January 13, 2016 2 min read

The squat is a great exercise for your body, there is no denying it. Not only does it produce a magnificently toned up backside, it also works many other areas of your physique while torching calories. There are always ways to intensify your squat routine for a more targeted workout. Caitlin McGowan (known as The Queen of the Squat) is a fitness trainer at one of the UK's premiere workout facilities and an expert in getting a booty-licious backside. Caitlin recommends squatting as a full body exercise to all of her clients. "I strongly believe squatting is the best bang for your buck strength exercise, for many reasons," she explains. "The squat hits many different muscle groups all at once. The most obvious ones targeted are the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. In addition to the lower body benefits, squatting will engage the core muscles of the body. The abdominals and back muscles are working during a squat to stabilize the torso and maintain a neutral spine." "If performed correctly, squats are intense enough to elevate your heart rate and torch major calories. Most of the muscle you gain from squatting heavy will come from your lower body, and the more muscle that you gain the more fat you will burn." she adds. [bctt tweet="How To Do The Perfect Squat To Sculpt Your Ideal Booty"] Caitlin has some top trainer techniques she suggests for optimizing your squat workout. Try these tips to avoid injury and ensure you're doing the move correctly.
  • Keep the head facing forward
  • Keep your weight in heels
  • Maintain a straight back
  • Push butt back; imagine you are sitting into a chair
  • Thighs should be parallel to floor or lower
  • Keep knees parallel to toes
Once these skills are mastered, it is time to amp up your squat to full-throttle booty sculpting mode! If you want a more intense version of the average squat for quicker results, try these simple and effective upgrades.
  • Hold dumbbells at your side for resistance
  • Add a weighted bar
  • Try heavy-back squats with a plate-loaded bar
  • Try the 'goblet' squat by holding a kettlebell in front of your chest
  • Try squat-jumps for amazing heart benefits
Now you're ready to squat! What are your thoughts on these tips? How do you get the most out of your squats? Source: Elle UK

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