Many of us exercise regularly, and we all have our own workout regimen based on what we are looking for out of the exercise. However; there are some exercises you simply shouldn’t go without.
The Two Must Do Exercises:
Here are the two workouts that affect the shape of your body the most:
Squats: Everyone wants a nice firm butt! It doesn’t come easy though; squats are one of the toughest exercises for most people, they are also considered the cornerstone of every exercise. They help strengthen your quads, glutes, lower back and abdominals. Some even suggest that squats activate 200 different muscles in your body. You need to make sure your squatting technique is accurate in order to not injure yourself. You need to focus on your hip movement, getting your thighs parallel to the floor, and keeping your weight on your heels (instead of your toes).
Deadlifts – aka The King of Exercises: 70% of people neglect the posterior chain group of muscles as they aren’t as visible as the muscles on the front of the body. If you use the proper technique though, deadlifts dramatically increase strength and stability of the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, lower back, lats) as well as the abdominals. If your back hurts when you are doing dead-lifts, your are probably doing it all wrong. Consult your trainer to adjust your posture. To all the women out there, deadlifts won’t really ‘bulk you up’; if done properly with other muscle group exercises, they should keep your body well toned and super fit.
There are several other exercises you can incorporate in your training. Weight exercises are so important and efficient to get in shape and maintain your mental stability. ALWAYS do them right though, and remember it is all about your form and technique.