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With Bathing Suit Season in Sight, Here’s the Universial Exercise

Ian Chadwick, Health and Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer at Equinox, demonstrates the perfect workout at the 92nd street location.

According to Health and Fitness Specialist and Equinox Personal Trainer Ian Chadwick there is one exercise that is perfect for every body: the squat.

“A squat is a functional movement which means it is an exercise with a purpose because it translates to what we do in our everyday life,” says Chadwick.

When done correctly, A squat is actually a total body workout. What seems like a simple leg exercise is a strength training exercise that works every muscle including abs, lower and upper back, and arms. Squats tone by causing stress to the muscle, which creates microscopic muscle tears, your muscles then rebuild during recovery, which happens when you sleep at night.

Squats also promote stability and leg strength, which help us with everyday activities, especially as busy, active New Yorkers (subway steps anyone?).

Yet squats are not as easy as they make look; doing a squat correctly and effectively takes specific technique.

Begin your squat with feet shoulder-width apart and your weight on your heels.  When you squat, it is crucial that your heels stay on the floor to prevent knee injury.  Chadwick points out that the common belief that your knees should not extend over your toes happens to be a myth.

“Everyone has different limits, as long as your heels stay down, you’re fine. You should squat as low as you can, bringing your hip joints lower than your knee joints. Come out by pushing from your heels, bringing your hips forward and squeezing your glutes”.

Bathing suit season is fast approaching, so get squatting!

-Teresa Valley

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  1. Lanie
    March 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    When I’m doing squats do I need to use weights? How many and how long do I need to hold position.

    • Lanie
      March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      Teresa, did you get my question?

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