At New Generation Fitness, we get lots of questions about exercising, supplements, and many other things related to fitness. Along the way, we’ve been asked a lot of questions about squats. While it might not be everyone’s favorite exercise, it’s definitely a beneficial one. Do squats make your thighs bigger? You’re about to find the surprising answers to this and other questions about squats.
1. What is a squat?
A squat is an exercise you perform by literally squatting down and pushing your body back to a standing position. Some people enjoy the exercise they get from a normal squat. However, to get the most benefits from this exercise, most people perform squats with weighted barbells.
2. What are squats good for?
This is definitely one of the most common questions I get about squats. What makes squats worth doing? The answer to this comes down to understanding compound lifts. Compound lifts are ones that work most or all of the body.
If you’re someone who is lifting weights to gain muscle, you want lots of compound lifts in your routine. This is because they work the most amount of muscles possible, a key to gaining muscle fast.
The primary muscles squats target and help strengthen include your quads, glutes, calves, hamstrings, and even your abs. Yes, ditch the “as seen on TV” ab product and start doing squats. Trust me, you’ll see much faster and better results.
3. Do squats strengthen your knees?
Yes, if you’re doing them correctly. You might have been asking this same question in your head because you’ve heard squats are bad for your knees. Fortunately, that’s not true. It’s just that so many people do them incorrectly, this misconception gets spread around fast.
So, how do you make sure that squats are strengthening your knees? By making sure that you’re standing at the right angle. Here’s a picture below that illustrates this better than my words can.
4. Do squats make your thighs bigger?
Yes, in most cases squats will make your thighs bigger. This is because squats naturally make the leg muscles grow, especially the thighs. With that said, it’s essential to note that your thighs are also gaining more muscle. So, even if your legs do get bigger, they’re not going to appear fat when you’re doing lots of squats.
5. How many calories do squats burn?
When looking for an answer to this question, you’re going to come across a lot of resources. With that said, we did find out about how many calories squats burn. A single squat will burn about 0.32 calories. So, doing about 100 squats will help you burn about 32 calories.
I don’t want to discourage but 100 squats is more of a long-term goal than a short-term one, especially if you’re doing weighted squats.
6. Do squats make you shorter?
Nope. Fortunately, this myth about squats is fairly simple to debunk.
In 1960s Japan, researchers wanted to know what was making children in this country smaller in height than others. The researchers noticed that these children were performing lots of labor, basically squatting and lifting heavy amounts of goods during their work. After seeing this, researchers concluded the children’s shorter stature was due to the work they performed.
A Myth Debunked
But, not so fast. As time went on, other researchers went over this study and found that it wasn’t lifting heavy amounts of weight that caused these children to grow up shorter. Unfortunately (and sadly), it was poor nutrition and being generally underfed that led to this height issue.
If you want more info on this fascinating subject, check out this awesome write-up on why squats will not make you shorter here.
There you have it, six questions about squats answered. This often misunderstood exercise is incredibly beneficial, so long as you know what you’re doing and use proper form! If you want to learn about supplements, here are five of the best workout supplements for beginners.