Body-Weight Squats Work — Only to a Point

Lose And Tone

Noticing a booty-building plateau (one of the worst kinds!) even though you’ve been adding more body-weight squats to your workout routine? It’s actually a pretty common problem, and if you’ve mastered the body-weight squat, it’s probably time to change things up.

No trainer will deny that squats are among the top exercises for building functional strength in your lower body (and yes, they do build your glutes). But over time, your body adapts to the exercises you do, so in order to keep experiencing hypertrophy (muscle growth), you need a new stimulus.

This is where the principle of progressive overload comes in. To keep the booty (and all muscles) growing, you need to consistently increase your training volume, according to NASM. That means either increasing weight, sets and/or reps.

“Training volume is the key variable in muscle building,” says Henry Halse, CSCS. “Increasing weight will help you build muscle and strength, whereas increasing only sets/reps won’t help you build as much strength.”

If you’re a beginner, body-weight squats are a great place to start, as they’ll help you learn proper form and movement patterns and develop foundational strength. But after you’ve progressed past the beginner level, it’s time to add some volume and throw a barbell (or kettlebell or dumbbell) on those squats.

Are you at a plateau? If so, I can help you break through that plateau. Contact me for your free consultation. Make it a great day!!!

Philip “FitGuy46”

Published by FitGuy46

Hi I’m a recent grad from NASM. I am a Certified Personal Trainer. I specialize in fitness assessment, program design and weight training. I want to help people who have had difficulties in the past incorporating fitness as a lifetime goal. My desire is to help potential clients see fitness as a lifetime endeavor. My philosophy is that fitness should be sustainable and a lifelong goal. My plan as a fitness coach is to teach my clients to make and incorporate fitness as a permanent part of their lives to be engaging, and for the outcome to continuously be revolving into a better physical shape. Make it a GREAT DAY!!! Philip “FitGuy46”

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