The basic bodyweight squat is the most fundamental exercise you will ever do.
Every good fitness program should include squatting in many different forms. Squats can be used to develop strength, mobility, balance, coordination, endurance and stamina depending on how they are programmed.
Western society has minimized the importance of squatting and some in the fitness and medical communities have gone as far as to declare that squatting, especially below parallel is dangerous. Nothing could be further from the truth. Around the world, billions of people spend a great deal of time every day in a full squat position. Squatting is an essential daily movement. You can’t get onto and off of a toilet without performing a squat.
The danger is not in doing squats, the danger is in doing squats incorrectly.
For a short demonstration on how to perform squats, watch the video below (courtesy of CrossFit.com).
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