Squat 101

As promised, better late than never I guess.

The back squat is a basic barbell strength exercise with an emphasis on the hamstrings, glutes and quads.

With the ability to overload the entire body, its also an excellent tool to strengthen the core/mid-section and lower back.

There are many different ways to coach the squat but as a guide, here are my personal key pointers:

1. Feet shoulder width apart.

2. Toes pointing at 11 and 1 o’clock.

3. Barbell firmly secured on upper back creating a W as pictured.

4. Nice deep breath prior to descending into the squat. We want to create a strong and stable core. Bracing.

5. Hips shoot back and then knees break outward.

6. Squat to parallel maintaining an upright torso.

7. Drive through the full foot back to the start.

As you guessed, this is a very simplistic list of instructions and will need tweaking depending on the individuals mechanics.

If you have any questions, make sure you pop them in the comment section below.

Fancy improving your squat technique, drop me a DM and we can get a session booked in to get your back squat sorted.