🌳Tree Trunks for Legs🌳
We absolutely love using this exercise to target the anterior lower body. Unlike other movements, like the back squat, goblet squat, front squat and zercher squat, among others, where the upper body and trunk are in play and where we can also be limited by injuries, mobility or the shear pressure the weight can place on our spine, shoulders and wrists, the belt squat allows us to directly and safely focus on our lower body. This, in turn, enables us to build bigger and stronger legs and also provides an opportunity to progress towards more complex squatting variations.
Don't get us wrong though, we're not saying the other squatting variations are bad or unnecessary. Not at all, but we do have to keep in mind the needs, limits and goals of each client. What may be good for one, may not be for another. This is the reason why having a personalized training program is important and, we would argue, necessary for lasting results. If a client cannot physically perform an exercise the right way, why force them to? Why not find a variation that works for them and then start progressing them from there?
The mistake many of us coaches and trainers make is that we train our clients as if we're training ourselves. Remember that everyone is different and we're all on different stages/levels of our respective fitness journeys. Sit down, talk to the client to find out what they want, physically assess them to see what they can and can't do right now and then come up with a plan that's tailor-made for the client in order to help him or her reach their goals.
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