7 H A B I T S O F H I G H LY E F F E C T I V E S Q UAT T E R S BY CHAD WESLEY SMITH Run faster, jump higher, tackle harder, whatever your athletic goal is, improving your squat will help you reach them. The squat is ultimate developer of quad, hamstring, glute and hip strength and these are the muscles that are responsible for sprinting speed and jumping ability. It is no coincidence that Olympic sprinters, the fastest athletes on the planet, possess tremendous lower body development. Ben Johnson, the former World Record holder in the 100m was said to have squatted 600 pounds for 6 reps at a bodyweight of only 175 pounds. Whether your goal is powerlifting dominance, legendary strongman performances or tremendous athletic feats, these squat training tips will get you there.