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Barbell Squat Guide

Barbell Squat Guide

FEATURES

With a focus on lower body, the barbell squat is a compound movement that engages the entire body with emphasis on building strength and is a great way to start a workout. For building strength, you can lower the repetitions while increasing the weight.

MUSCLES

Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings

EQUIPMENT

Carb

DIFFICULTY

Advanced

MEDIA

INSTRUCTIONS

Prep

Place a barbell in a rack just below shoulder-height

Start

Reach underneath the bar and put the bar behind the neck while gripping the bar with hands wider than shoulder width

Step away with the bar, look forward and keep the back straight

Movement

Lower the barbell until your hip and knee are at the same level.

Now press down and bring the barbell back to the starting position.

End

Repeat movement as needed, step back to the rack and place the barbell on the rack

TIPS

Keep feet straight and aligned

Don't go all the way to the ground with the movement!

Keep chest out without extending away the back

Spread the knees but not overdo it

Do you have more tips? Post in the comment below.

ALTERNATIVES

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Advanced

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