The squat, along with the deadlift, is one of the two most important lifts for developing your strength. The squat works many lower body muscles. Primarily it works your your quads and?glutes. But it also works your hamstrings, hips, lower back, and even your abs.?Although it mostly works your lower body, you’ll see total body improvements once you start squatting. Since squats work the largest muscles in your body, they trigger the release of testosterone & growth hormones that help muscle growth in your upper body as well. Ladies, this doesn’t mean you’ll get overly muscular because your body won’t produce as much as a man’s will.