How Many Air Squats Should Be Done?

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How Many Air Squats Should Be Done?
A well-performed air squat might be the perfect addition to your exercise routine. (pretty fitness girl image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Air squats are a kind of callisthenics, or physical exercise that doesn't necessarily require equipment and uses the resistance of one's own body. Many experts advise performing many repetitions of callisthenics, such as air squats or jumping jacks, to get the heart rate up as a form of aerobic exercise. An athlete may require high repetitions of air squats as well, since they do not involve weightlifting.

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Low Reps Improve Muscle Strength

Experts suggest that lower repetitions---multiple sets with 12 or fewer reps---strengthens muscles. Since squats remain a physically demanding exercise even without adding weights, you can easily use air squats in lower repetition (with about three to five sets) to build up strength in your legs and buttocks.

Bottom Line

Using your body weight as the resistance for squats can be used for cardio, warm-ups or gaining muscle strength; the number of reps you do (per set and in total) all depends on how you want to utilise air squats in your routine. If you're looking to gain muscle mass or a lot of strength, you probably only want to use air squats in high repetition to supplement your routine.

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