Are you trying to get optimal muscle definition for the summer months? If so, you may be starting to hit the gym or research some weight training ideas online to slim down a bit.
You probably are already familiar with doing a squat, as they are an effective way to sculpt your legs and they are easy enough to do in the correct form. However, adding weights to this move can intensify it so it will work even harder for you. This will help your muscles become more defined and leaner to get that sculpted beach body.
If you want to get the most out of your squats, have you considered doing variations such as the goblet sumo squat or the dumbbell squat thrust? These two moves add a little extra effort to the traditional squat, but make an incredible difference in the outcome. They add weight and an increased amount of motion, which will force your body to work a bit harder, but it will also produce greater results.
These moves are superior because they cause you to move up and down, creating tension on your muscles until you are finished with your entire set. Your muscles are then working constantly throughout the duration of the exercise so they remain activated and engaged. This helps build size and strength and keeps you moving through the entire exercise so your muscles don’t get a break until all of your reps are complete. It is best to do these exercising until your muscles are fatigued.
The dumbbell squat thrust is great at putting stress on your glutes during the squat exercise, but it lets that tension go as you jump out of your plank position. This means it is a bit less powerful for your legs than the previously stated goblet sumo squat. However, this phase of the exercise is powerful for the upper body and abdomen, which are both important muscle groups to pay attention to when you are doing weightlifting.
Both of these moves are very helpful to do in your exercise regimen, but if you really want to focus on your backside, the goblet squat jump is the best. Try adding these moves to your exercise routine at least three times a week (but no more than four) to increase the strength in your muscles
How to do a Goblet Squat Jump
Hold onto the head of a heavy dumbbell directly in front of your chest. Stand with your feet a bit wider than your shoulders with your toes slightly facing outwards. Bend your knees and push your hips back to lower your body. Stop here for a minute to feel the tension in your muscles before slowly straightening your legs back up to the position in which you started.
How to do a Dumbbell Squat Thrust
Stand with your feet directly below your hips while holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend your knees and push your hips back to get into a squatting position. Put the weights down on the floor and hop back up into a push-up position. Stay in this position for a moment to feel the tension, then do the movement in reverse and return to standing.
After doing these exercises, make sure to give your muscles time to relax and recover. Stretch them out a bit and stay hydrated so they don’t become tense or tight. After doing these exercises for a few weeks, you will start to notice a change in the shape of your body and in the amount of strength you are able to put forth.