Working out feels great, especially once you already see and feel the results like a better physique and stronger muscles. Although let’s face it, doing the same routine over and over could be boring. Say, your standard barbell squats, the gym staple that you’ve been doing ever since you started working out. If you want to try something new, then it’s time you learn about Zercher Squat.
Benefits of Squats
Before we talk about Zercher and why you should try it, let’s have a quick discussion about the benefits of squats.
You may not notice it, but squatting is part of our daily lives. Tying your shoelaces? Picking up that pen that you dropped on the floor? Yep, that’s squats. Thus, it’s important to include it as part of your workout— with or without weights. Here are some other benefits worth mentioning:
- Help build muscles. Your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, abdominal muscles, lower back, and butt are all engaged whenever you do your squats.
- Burn calories. According to Burned Calories, a 150-pound person, for instance, could burn 98 kcal by doing squats for 15 minutes and 143 kcal for heavy squats.
- Improve flexibility, mobility, and balance. Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments all develop due to the regular squatting motion, thus making them strong and preventing falls that could result in injuries.
- Better posture. Strong core and leg muscles result in better posture. Both of which are engaged whenever your squat, as mentioned above.
Now, Zercher Squat
It is a combination of two exercises: carrying the barbell on the arms and doing squats. It is a front-loaded exercise, just like goblet squat. This movement focuses on the upper back, quads, and core muscles. And since the barbell is carried in the crooks of the elbows (instead of the back of your shoulders), your biceps and front delts benefit from it, too.