Are Bodyweight Squats Enough To Build Strong Legs?
Typically, when people are doing squats in the gym, they are going to do sets of 6-10 reps if they want to build big, strong legs. So the question comes up, “Are bodyweight squats enough to build strong, athletic legs?”
Even someone who is not in good shape, after they have learned how to squat properly, can most likely do at least 30 bodyweight squats.
Doesn’t that mean the exercise is too easy to be effective?
I think you can already see where I am going with this, but first let’s look at the benefits of doing squats without any additional load whatsoever.
Benefits Of Bodyweight Squats
- Easy to learn to do properly
- Does not put undue stress on the spine
- Good for the joints
- Can be done anywhere, not just at the gym.
- Can challenge your cardio at the same time as building muscle
There are many more benefits of bodyweight squats, but that list is enough. Done properly, this exercise will build muscle, while not putting undue strain on your joints and spine. Add in some of the many variations, and this is an exercise that should be in your program for years to come.
And if you are really looking for a challenge, keep reading…
High Rep Bodyweight Squats
Like I said before, most people can do 30 bodyweight squats once they have proper form.
Try this for a challenge…500 bodyweight squats without stopping.
In order to perform this challenge, you have to look at it like a marathon. You have to pace yourself. You can’t just go all out, knocking out rep after rep with speed, if you want to finish.
Try adding in that one, super-high rep workout each week, and see what kinds of benefits you start seeing. Anyone who says bodyweight squats are too easy, I always introduce that 500 rep killer!