“Drop it like a squat”

For some reason I’ve noticed a lot of articles and videos lately about different exercises a person can do to replace squats. From the obviously titled video, “Alternatives to Squats” to the absolutely ridiculous article, “When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Squats” several of these have come across my Facebook and Twitter feed lately.

I’m not sure why
A) the sudden influx of articles on this same topic and
B) (more importantly), do we need any substitutes for squats
Because I can’t offer any insight into social media algorithms, I’ll instead weigh in on question B. My conclusion: There’s no reason for needing these or any other type of similar articles.

Want the benefits of doing squats? You have to do squats.

Want the benefits of doing squats? You have to do squats.

Let’s first examine, “Alternatives to Squats.” What’s the point of doing exercises similar to squats? Lack of equipment, weights, space or time? Well, that’s bullshit. All of those reasons are invalid. Two weeks ago, I did a 35-minute lower body workout in my hotel room that consisted of four different types of squats – no equipment, no weights, very little space and a small amount of time.

As for, “When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Squats.” Um, you suck it up and do them anyway. When did it become okay to wuss out and skip one of the best parts of a leg day workout? And, unless you’re training for something very specific, you’re probably only doing one leg workout a week, at most. One. So STFU and squat.

Whether you want strong legs or fast legs, the squat is one of the best ways to get there.

Whether you want strong legs or fast legs, the squat is one of the best ways to get there.

No amount of hip bridges or wall sits or other “alternative” to squats is going to match the good you get from the squat. Nothing against those exercises, not saying there’s no place for them in a lower body workout. But when it comes to the squat, there isn’t anything equal to the squat. It’s pretty much one of THE best exercises a person can do, not just on leg day, but period. For so many reasons – convenience, bang for the buck, no need for equipment or weights… You literally can do squats anywhere, anytime.

And if you’re not fond of the traditional back squat in the rack or don’t “feel like it”, I have good new for you. Standard dumbbell. Single-leg. Front (bar or dumbbell). Pistol. Jump. Pulse-Kick. Goblet. Sumo. There, I just gave you enough types of squats to keep things interesting. #TeamSquat.

Where do stand on squats? Do you feel there are equal alternatives or are you like me and 100% #TeamSquat, all the way? Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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