Exercise will always be a hot topic in research. One of the many questions that researchers ask is: How can people make their exercises more effective? Researchers have looked into “squat science,” if you will. A recent breakthrough in exercise science is that decline squats can be more effective than traditional squats.
Squats can be an athlete’s best friend or worst enemy. This all depends on their form, which declined squats can aid with. They’re easily accomplished with Workout Wedges, which lift your heels up and supports your squat with a sturdy physio-engineered foam base and non-slip bottom.
Check out all the hidden benefits of decline squats:
Decline squats keep your heels on the ground
Some athletes are so busy building muscles and forget to improve mobility. Having mobility in your hips, ankles, and other joints shouldn’t be overlooked. That’s because without joint mobility, athletes are at a greater risk for injury. Athletes that don’t have ideal joint mobility often lift their heels while squatting, which is dangerous. If you invariably find yourself in that situation, the Workout Wedges may be your solution. By placing your heels on each Wedge, you eliminate the possibility of lifting your heels off the ground. This can prevent twisted ankles and strained muscles.
Decline squats relieve stress off your muscles
Last year, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research studied the effects of decline squats. They found that “heel wedges may be a viable modification for reduction of excessive forward trunk flexion.” Trunk flexion is bending your spine outward during squats. The result is arching your back. Obviously, this could cause painful back strain that could cause injury. With support under your feet, there’s no harmful trunk flexion in your way. You can successfully and safely conquer new personal records with improved form.
Decline squats activate your muscles
Advantages of decline squats include, not only safety, but also boosting muscle engagement. A study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science reported “squat exercises on a decline board are an effective intervention to increase the muscle activity of the [quadricep] with increased knee joint angles.” So if you’re looking to push your muscles a little harder next leg day, the Workout Wedges are proven to engage your muscles even more. We tested this ourselves using Athos technology and discovered that decline squats also engage your glutes and inner quads more than traditional squats.
Decline squats increase your range of motion
Having a sufficient range of motion can increase strength, balance, and flexibility in your squats. A recent study said that “as the decline angle increased up to 20 degrees, the range of motion possible at the ankle and knee increased.” That means that you can reach a deeper squat at a decline rather than a flat surface. Deeper squats mean you can get the most out of your workout and feel safe challenging yourself with more weight.
Squats will always be one of the most effective lower body workouts. To reap the benefits of the staple exercise, having a pair of Workout Wedges at your disposal to perform decline squats anywhere, anytime will aid your fitness journey in the long run. To see why this research-backed simple piece of fitness equipment is superior to traditional exercises, visit our website for more information on the revolutionary Workout Wedges.
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