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Weighted Squats

Posted Apr 17 2013 8:25am

I constantly get the question "How can I bulk up my legs" a lot. In fact, we women struggle a lot with fat in our thighs, and most of the time, we are looking for ways to lose that fat and build strong leg and booty muscles instead.

You are probably asking "Is that not what the regular squat is for?", and you'd be right. We do squats to get our lower bodies toner, but as this lady I follow on Instagram (Mankofit) reminds me, it is always important to constantly challenge yourself.

Start with the basic squats because those help you get your form right. But as you progress, start to incorporate weights to add extra resistance beyond your body weight. This could be holding dumbbells similar to the deadlift, using kettlebells, or using a barbell on your neck.
The benefit of doing weighted squats, especially with the barbell, is that you not only shape your lower body, but you also build a strong back and core as they learn to support the weight. A strong back and core are important for those abs we love so much :)
Try some weights in your squats today, and if you're feeling adventurous, try weights in all your exercises today. Feel the difference, allow yourself to feel a little uncomfortable in the effort.

Cheers Eights & Weights!
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