Raising your heels helps you sit deeper into your squat, which will recruit more muscle fibers and strengthen your quads, says Mathew Forzaglia, certified personal trainer and founder of Forzag Fitness on the NEOU App. But the benefits don’t stop there.
Why elevate your heels when squatting?
When your heels are elevated, it changes the shin-to-foot angle, and there’s less of a backward bend (otherwise known as “dorsiflexion”) of the foot. According to Peel, this will allow you to get into a deeper squat while keeping an upright torso, because it requires less mobility in the ankle and hips.
What is a sissy squat?
A sissy squat is a quadricep targeting exercise that focuses on leaning backwards and bending from the knee to achieve the bottom of the position, rather than hinging from the hips and sitting down like in a traditional squat.
Do shoes matter when squatting?
When squatting, we don’t want a gel or air based sole. These shoes will decrease the ability to maintain a stable connection to the floor. When lifting heavy weights, the compressible running shoe will not be able to support that neutral arch foot that we talked about earlier. Running shoes are great for running.
What do squats benefit?
Squats burn calories and might help you lose weight. They also lower your chances of injuring your knees and ankles. As you exercise, the movement strengthens your tendons, bones, and ligaments around the leg muscles. It takes some of the weight off your knees and ankles.