“Never skip leg day!” is a phrase commonly thrown out on social media that’s directed at those who focus almost exclusively on upper body workouts and either blatantly ignore or put in very little effort in working out their legs.
With isometric squats, today’s exercise topic, you’ll never have to be the butt of any leg day joke.
That is, you have to do it regularly.
Isometric squats, much like with any other exercise, will only guarantee you results if you do it repetitively and consistently.
I’ve tried this simple, yet highly effective exercise and it is now a staple of my fitness routine.
How Effective are Isometric Squats?
How effective is it, you ask?
Well according to a study reviewed by Breaking Muscle, “…performing an isometric squat at ninety and 120 degrees could accurately test improvements in dynamic strength and explosiveness.”
I’m willing to bet that isometric squats will help you discover a newfound appreciation for the dreaded “leg day”.
Actually, I don’t think it’s that dreaded.
I think it’s more underrated, but still equally as important as upper body exercises.
I think it’s because the upper body muscles are more noticeable and in some cases over-glorified.
But that is never an excuse to skip leg day.
I used to detest leg day. No, I hated leg day with a passion.
Now I don’t. I’ve actually grown to enjoy leg day now that I realized how important it is to exercise your lower body.
Think about it… we humans are bipedal creatures. That means we stand and walk on two legs and two feet.
We spend much of our waking lives standing, walking, running, and jogging.
What good would our legs and feet do us if they were weak and couldn’t even hold us up?
Hence, the importance of leg day.
Weak legs = Butt of leg day jokes.
You have been warned!
*Cue ominous, foreboding music*
But seriously though, don’t neglect leg day. And that’s no joke.
So without further ado, let’s get into how to perform this simple, yet highly effective exercise.
How to Perform Isometric Squats
1. Position yourself in the squat position, with your back straight and thighs parallel to the ground.
2. Hold the squat position for 30-45 seconds. Inhale and exhale deeply.
If you’re still a little confused on how to perform this exercise or aren’t sure if you’re performing the exercise right, don’t worry! I got you covered. Just check out the video below!
Isometric Squat Video Demonstration
Final Thoughts on Isometric Squats
Isometric squats are simple, yet highly effective.
They don’t require expensive gym equipment to perform. In fact, you don’t even have to go to a gym to perform this exercise.
You can perform this exercise right from the comfort of your own home.
That’s right! You have the opportunity to get fit and save money at the same time. Wouldn’t that be wonderful in a world of bills and financial obligations?
But seriously, isometric squats are worth a try. It can’t hurt to try. You never know. You might actually end up enjoying this exercise and incorporating this into your fitness routine.
And better yet, it might be just the exercise you need to take your physique to the next level.
Finally, though I’m a huge fan of using isometric squats, this is, in my opinion, the number one exercise to build massive legs.