Are you fit enough to do squats and benefit from them? With this simple test you can find out your squat fitness and if at this point they should be part of your exercise arsenal or not.
There are few exercises I have been asked about more than the squat. It is, in certain circles, given almost mystical qualities, either as the mass builder No. 1 or as an indicator of male prowess. Mark Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength” is so deeply built around it, that its fans wear t-shirts sporting the line, “shut up and squat.”
To me it’s just another exercise, a mighty fine one, but still an exercise like any other. If it should be done or not depends on a trainee’s fitness level:
Speak Up And Think
So instead of shutting up and squatting it may be more worthwhile to stop and think: The main muscle trained during the squat is the quadriceps. But if your quadriceps can’t handle just getting out of the chair, what point is there in attempting the basically same thing with something heavy on your back or in your hands?
Picture courtesy of Andrew Blight.