*this is a repost - we will are back to squatting in our programming, get on it!
Some reasons why you must squat:
It is a functional movement. It is natural and biomechanically safe.
Builds muscles in your entire body. It helps to develop your lower extremity muscle groups. But it also creates an anabolic stimulation which can trigger the release of testosterone and HGH (human growth hormone) which are the chemicals that help lean out and trigger muscle development throughout your body, not just your legs. Squatting is a foundation of any proper muscle-building routine.
Squatting develops your connective tissues, especially those in your stabilizing areas: knees, angles, and hips. All the tendons and ligaments grow thicker and are less likely to tear or rupture when stressed.
Keeps you flexible, keeps you balanced. The full range of motion/below parallel squat keeps your joints functional throughout the entire range of motion. It also keeps you limber and flexible and improves kinesthetic awareness as you learn to keep your balance and control your frontal plane weight distribution as your body changes shape during the squat.
Build more muscle, burn more fat. Are you trying to lose weight or lean down? Squats can help! For every pound of muscle mass your body gains, you burn an additional 50-70 calories per day carrying that business around with you. It accelerates fat burning unlike most other exercises.