Why The Squat Gets You More Pumped Than Anything!

Ever noticed how the intensity demonstrated when squatting is considerably higher than that of the bicep curl or a triceps extension? Well, the reason for this has to do with the spinal loading involved when performing a squat! The placement of a heavy load on the traps ready to be lowered into a squat position exerts a heavy weight on the spine, this load exerts a hormonal response that involves the release of adrenaline making you feel more alert and energised. Consequently people become very psyched and animated when readying themselves to squat, hence Ronnie Coleman and powerlifters recruit someone to slap them immediately prior to a lift. The physical loading on the spine (if held correctly) will prepare the body for what is about to follow…it’s then on you to get that weight back UP!

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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