How To Do A Squat Exercise?
Are you looking to master the technique of the squat exercise?
Squat exercises are a super effective way to train your lower body and core muscles and it’s important that you learn the proper technique on how to do a squat in order to make sure you don’t injure yourself. With our 30 day squat challenge app, we can help to show you the best technique in order to make sure that not only are you performing your squats to a safe standard but your working your body to its most effective standard! Take a look at our YouTube video demonstration.
WHAT IS A SQUAT?
A squat is a super effective workout and is one of the most popular exercises in the world. In this how to do a squat guide we will show how to master your technique. In strength training and fitness, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips, and buttocks, quadriceps femoris muscle, hamstrings. As well as strengthening the bones and ligaments throughout the body. Squats are considered as a vital exercise for increasing strength and the size of your legs as well as increasing your core strength.
BENEFITS OF THE SQUAT EXERCISE
Squats are an excellent exercise for training the lower body and core muscles, if done regularly they help to define thighs and buttocks.
You can do squats anywhere as you are only using your own body weight.
They can improve circulation, posture, digestion and are a low impact exercise that almost anybody can do so they are a simple but effective exercise for you to complete.
Squats are primarily a lower body exercise and work out the following muscles; quadriceps, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, hip adductors, hip abductors, gastrocnemius (calf), soleus, tibias anterior, rectus abdominals and erector spinae
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
- Stand tall with your feet hip width apart and your arms down by your side
- Start to lower your body back as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees and pushing your body weight into your heels
- As you are lowering into the squat your arms will start to raise out in front of you for balance
- Keep a neutral spine at all times and never let your knees go over your toes
- The lower body should be parallel with the floor and your chest should be lifted at all times not rounded.
- Pause then lift back up in a controlled movement to the starting position
If you are new to squats try not to take your squats too deep at first until you are used to the movement as practice will bring more flexibility and more experience will improve your technique of the exercise.
If you are advanced try the squats with a dumbbell in each hand but keep them down by your side instead of lifting above the head to feel the maximum burn of the exercise.
Think you’ve mastered the technique? Try out our squat challenge!