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A Variation on Bodyweight Squats to Try - Tiger Squats

tiger squats
Like all bodyweight squats, tiger squats will work your entire body while building incredible leg and lung power. They are very similar to Hindu Squats. with some key differences. Which are better? It's really up to you. Some people find Tiger Squats easier to, whereas others prefer Hindu's. Like anything in life, all you can do is try them both and see which one works for you best.

The Advantages of Performing Tiger Squats

Like all bodyweight squats, there are some real advantages to including Tiger Squats in your exercise routine. First of all is that you're less likely to injure yourself as you are not dealing with heavy weights. Further, they require no special equipment or skills (everyone can bend their knees). TIger Squats take a short time to perform, yet are very intense. The fact that they are so intense is very important, as this helps to stimulate the release of Human Growth Hormone.


Human Growth Hormone

Human Growth Hormone has enormous positive effects on the body and has been called the key to the "Fountain of Youth". When released into the body, these are some of the benefits that Human Growth Hormone produces:

  • Converts body fat to muscle mass
  • Growth of new, healthy tissues
  • Increases Energy Levels
  • Tissue Repair
  • Whole Body Healing
  • Cell Replacement
  • Bone Strength
  • Brain Function
  • Increased Sexual Function
  • Improved Organ Health and Integrity
  • Increased Enzyme Production
  • Improves Integrity of Hair, Nails, Skin, and Vital Organs
bodyweight squats
As we age, our body produces less and less human growth hormone. However, it has been proven that people who sprint for at least 30 seconds can increase the release of human growth hormone by up to 500%. Bodyweight squats like Tiger Squats, due to their brevity and intensity, produce much the same effect.

Used By Athletes and Dancers

Ballerinas use bodyweight squats to train, as do professional wrestlers. In fact, anyone who can benefit from having strong legs (which is everyone, not just athletes and dancers) will benefit from performing this exercise

How To Perform The Tiger Squat

  1. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Your toes can point out a bit if this is comfortable for you.
  2. Let your arms relax by your sides.
  3. Start to bend your knees while you simultaneously rise up on your toes. Also begin to swing your arms forward for balance.
  4. Try to lower yourself so that your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  5. Return to the starting position by straightening your legs and lowering your arms to your sides.

Important Points

When performing bodyweight squats, it is important to try and keep your back as straight as possible. If you lean too far forward you may end up straining your back. If your knees hurt there is no need to perform the full knee bend at first. Simply lower your body as far as it can go. With time your tendons and ligaments will strengthen and your knee will become more flexible. This will allow you to perform deeper knee bends. Each repetition should only take you 2 seconds maximum. Performing 50 in a row is a good goal, although you will want to perform 200 to 300 in under 12 minutes for maxim aerobic benefit.

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