Squat This!

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Gym rats call the squat the Godfather of all exercises…so if it’s this prestigious and beneficial let’s make sure you’re executing it correctly!

The squat is a powerful, foundation exercise that primarily targets your quads, glutes & hamstrings…

quads-glutes-hamstrings

quads-glutes-hamstrings

Why Squat?

The squat exercise trains some of the biggest muscles in the body, therefore has the potential to add a big boost to your metabolism. The body uses more energy to repair and maintain lean muscle tissue.

The Set Up:

 

Squat Start Position

Squat Start Position

  • Feet Shoulder-Width Apart
  • Chest & Head Up
  • Abs Engaged
  • Shoulders Relaxed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Execution:

Squat Finish

Squat Finish

  1. Push Hips Back
  2. Chest Up
  3. Bend Knees
  4. Head & Eyes Up
  5. Weight to Mid/Back of Feet
  6. Keep Knees Hip-Width Apart
  7. Squat to 100 Degrees at Knees (not quite 90)

 

 

 

 

Common Mistakes:

  • Knees Buckle Inward (knee/hip stress)
  • Chest Falls Forward (low back stress)
  • Tense Upper Body (neck/shoulder stress)
  • Abs Lose Engagement (low back stress)
  • Weight on Toes/Heels Elevate (knee stress)

Leg training can be a rough part of the routine for both men and women, but it feels great when performed correctly and on a regular basis. Strong legs provide the foundation for all sports and lifestyle movement alike…so don’t skip leg day!

 

Squat Motivation

Squat Motivation