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8 Squat Variations for a Well-Rounded Workout

Which Muscles Do Squats Target?

The squat is a great exercise that can work out most of the core muscles in the body. Obviously, it mainly targets the lower parts. These include the calves, hip flexors, adductors, hamstrings, quadricceps, and buttocks. If done properly, squatting can also help target several other muscles above the waist. In addition to your lower body, this exercise can also improve the strength of core muscles. These include erector spinae, transverse abdominis, obliques, and rectus abdominis. Other squat variations can also target other muscles in your back, chest, arms, and shoulders. [1]