The One Exercise That Challenges Most of the Muscles in Your Body

If there’s one exercise that has the ability to challenge most of the muscles in your body, it’s the squat.

The obvious muscles targeted are in the lower body, but in order to do this compound exercise correctly, you also need to use several muscles above your waist.

The lower muscles targeted in a squat include your:

  • gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius (buttocks)

  • quadriceps (front of the thigh)

  • hamstrings (back of the thigh)

  • adductor (groin)

  • hip flexors

  • calves

In addition to the lower body, the squat also targets your core muscles. These muscles include the rectus abdominis, obliques, transverse abdominis, and