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100 days of squats!

Are you ready to add 100 days of squats to your 100 days of awesome?!? Whooo hooo!! Me too!

Unlike the planks we introduced yesterday and the push-ups that we’ll get to tomorrow, there is no schedule with the squats because there is no progression to build up over time. It’s simply a commitment to do 100 squats per day for 100 days. Double check my math, but that means that over the course of 100 days we will have done 10,000 squats. Holy gluteus maximus!

Here’s why we do squats:
Squats strengthen core, quadriceps and glutes
Squats build muscle mass, which boosts metabolism
Squats enhance “functional movement” – those everyday activities we do all day long: sitting, standing, and climbing stairs

Muscles used in squats:

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Proper squat form:
To start, stand with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart. Keep your back in a neutral position, and your knees centered over your feet. Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle, breathing in as you lower and exhaling as you return to standing.

Squat Schedule:
To reach 100 squats a day, do 10 reps 10 times throughout the day. As you get stronger, do 20 reps 5 or more times a day. When you feel ready, there are nearly infinite ways to make squats more challenging including adding weight or standing on one leg. We’ll get to all of those so no worries, but for now, drop and give me 10 squats 10 times a day. It’s just that easy!

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