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How deep squats can improve your fitness and performance

If you're spending time training to lose weight, build muscle and strength, this article will interest you. Science tells us that regular deep squats can significantly support these goals.

In a 12-week study, two groups of people were compared - one group did flat squats (about 60 degrees) and one group deep squats. At the end of the 12 weeks, the group with the deep squat had a greater increase in muscle mass and a greater reduction in fat mass than the group with the flat squat. In addition, the study found that the group with the deep squat also had a greater increase in muscle area across the entire front thigh. The group with the flat squat only had increased hypertrophy in the upper thigh area.

A Blomquist study showed that athletes performing deep barbell squats increased their vertical jump by 13%. The second group, doing only flat squats, saw a 7% vertical jump increase. Deep squats increase bone density and increase spinal stability by strengthening the lower back.

In 2013 Hartmann showed that deep squats result on less pressure on the knees than flat squats. The study says: “If you squat deeper, the contact between the back of the thigh and the calf reduces the knee joint forces. If the knees can move freely during a deep squat movement, passive forces in the ligaments and tendons as well as active muscle forces are built up. Stable knees are important no matter what age or phase of life you are in.

Conclusion: regular deep squats are not only important to improve posture and prevent injuries, but also accelerate the muscle growth of all muscles in your body. In addition, the deep squat is a basic requirement for a variety of movements such as throwing, sprinting and jumping. The AIMO™ Challenge motivates you to regularly perform an important number of squats, using the AIMO™ Scan to ensure quality when performing this training exercise. Have fun squatting!

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How we learn to move properly again

People naturally like to move. Movements occur unconsciously and they change over time. Every healthy person has sensible gross and fine motor skills. What children can still do almost automatically is often falsified in later years. In fact, many adults lost the ability to use their muscles in a targeted and appropriate way, due to inappropriate body positions, a lot of sitting, one-sided, incorrect, too much or lack of activities in everyday life, sport and work. As a result, the body gets out of balance. One has forgotten how to move properly and has lost the movement intelligence.

Movement intelligence can be regained. With AIMO™, movement intelligence can be measured, quantified, recovered and increased through simple exercises.

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How deep squats can change your life

Regular deep squats are not only important to improve your posture and prevent injuries, but also affect other vital functions of your body.

It has been scientifically proven that with improved joint mobility and lower physical strength it is easier for the musculoskeletal system to adopt a better alignment. "Inability to perform a deep squat can cause pain or injury to any joint in the body," says Roop Sihota, a Bay Area, USA physical therapist. In fact, research shows that people in rural areas of some developing countries where the “sit squat” is a common resting position have the lowest incidence of posture-related problems, like lower-back pain.

A Chinese study found that occasional squat training actually reduces the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (Lin et al. 2010). In general, knee health is based, among other things, on the “use-it-or-lose-it” principle. If we don't bend our hips and knees over 90 ° for years, the joints will begin to degenerate and a variety of problems can arise. Deep squats promote healthy cartilage in the synovial hips, knees and ankles (Pitsillides et al. 1999, Nguyen et al. 2010).

Additionally, a 2013 study from Gorsuch showed that having greater low back strength through deep squatting decreased the instances of hamstring injuries in runners.  The more stable their lower back was, the less chance they had to sustain a hamstring injury.

In addition, the deep squat does even more. A functional movement test frequently used in practice is the overhead deep squat. The better your movement skills are, the fewer movement compensations you make. The squat is the de facto standard for checking the movement ability today, since a large number of muscle groups and joints are used in this movement.

Conclusion: The deep squat is a natural movement that activates your joints and thus prevents pain and injuries. The AIMO™ Challenge motivates you to regularly do a healthy amount of deep squats, using the AIMO™ Scan to ensure quality when performing this natural movement. Have fun squatting!