Serious Squattin’

Good morning and happy Tuesday everyone! How are things? We’ve been blessed here with yet another day of beautiful August weather. This morning, a delicious bowl of peanut butter and strawberry  overnight oats (I called them PB&J oats) lovingly called my name from the fridge. I’m craving lots of oatmeal lately, hot or cold. There are worse things!

Oats2

Gym talk! As the name of my blog would suggest, squats and lunges are some of my perennial gym favorites. Is anyone else with me on that? I think it has to do with the fact that the glutes, quads, and hamstrings are naturally large muscles that can take on heavier weight than, say, the arms. There’s something so much more exhilarating and empowering about squatting a “legit” bar with plates than curling baby dumbbells.

I recently completed this workout, which gets my heart pumping and elbows sweating when all is said and done. I think the challenge here has something to do with varying the range of muscle motion. Restricting lunges and squats to half the normal range of motion builds up pressure in the muscles. When I achieve that “my quads are going to explode” feeling after a round of bottom-half squats, I know the strength improvements aren’t too far behind.

This workout can be completed with bar on the shoulders, holding free weights at the sides, or simply with body weight. If using body weight, this workout is definitely doable at home or when there’s no access to a gym. I used a bar + plates for the squatting portion, and held 15-pound dumbbells at my sides for the lunges. Any and all methods strengthen the quads, glutes, and hamstrings!

Squats

This morning I’m headed to the gym. Later on this afternoon, my mom and I have plans to visit my grandma. I’m not sure what else is on the agenda quite yet. We’re playing it by ear over my way.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Do you prefer squats or lunges? Overall, what’s your favorite muscle group to work in the gym?

DISCLAIMER: I am not a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, or health professional. I speak about fitness from my own experiences. The workouts I show here are simply those that I have enjoyed, and are not official fitness advice. Please consult a professional regarding changes and additions to an exercise routine.

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