Everyone knows the squat exercise. It’s the bane of our existence as bodybuilders or a pleasure for those of us who are a bit sadistic. You may already know how to squat and you may already know that it’s one of the best exercises you can do to build size in your legs. What you may not know is that you can use its muscle building capabilities for other body parts.
The great thing about squats is that they cause a strong release of anabolic hormones. Typically, workouts are structured so that squats are performed on leg day. It seems straightforward enough and it usually results in large gains to leg size.
However, one sneaky technique you can utilize on lagging body parts actually involves the squat exercise. What you need to do is stack your workout with a two to three heavy sets of squats. What this is going to do is induce a huge release of hormones. Now you follow up the rest of the routine with the body part you want to improve. For example, if your biceps have been lagging, you squat, thenfollow up with some curls and other bicep related exercises.
The fact is that you won’t get that same level of hormonal release with a smaller body part specific exercise routine. If you are doing body part specific workouts, like the biceps, triceps, forearms, shoulders, or calves, you can benefit from including the squats at the start of your workout.
Squats don’t have to be the only exercise you use for positive hormone manipulation during body part specific workouts. Other traditional bodybuilding exercises like the deadlift and the power clean can be utilized in a similar manner. Remember, any compound, multi-joint exercise is going to cause a greater natural hormonal release than isolation specific exercises. That is why your routine should use a balanced approach to muscle building. What I mean by this is that if you are focusing on biceps, a series of pullups would make a nice compliment lift. Also, if you are doing a tricep workout, a series of dips is in order.
You shouldn’t always put the squat in front of a body part specific workout. Remember, it’s a technique that should be used sparingly. Your leg workout should focus on legs and there are plenty of great compound exercises you can utilize during body part specific routines. However, there is nothing quite like the putting the squats in there to help you bust through a plateau.
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