Why Squatting Lower Isn’t Necessarily Better

Photographed by Aliya Naumoff.
The squat is a highly regarded exercise move. It makes you feel the burn with a good payoff. But, those who feel too much burn and struggle to drop low shouldn't fret.
According to Shape, a new study from the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research shows that those who do a combination of partial squats (dropping to an angle of 100 degrees) and full squats (booty below the hips) earn more explosive power than those who only do 90-degree angle squats. Although full squats do provide more mobility, partial squats don’t have that awkward "sticking region," where you’re so low that it takes a moment to gain enough energy to rise up again. With partial squats, you can lift heavier weights and move faster to build strength. Now, who doesn’t want that?
Incorporate a squatting routine of about four to eight sets of weighted partial and complete squats into your exercise regimen two or three times per week. Get ready for your booty to thank you.
Click ahead to Shape to learn more about the benefits of partial squats. (Shape)

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