How To Do The Perfect Barbell Squat

A squat is not only an excellent leg exercise, it is actually a full body exercise that targets many muscle groups throughout the body, including hips, glutes, calves, hamstrings, and quads. Squats are a great addition to your workout routine whether you are trying to lose some weight or gain additional strength as the exercise has a high metabolic demand, which means it burns a high number of calories.\r\n\r\nSquats, which are considered to be a compound movement because the movement uses more than just one joint, will increase your flexibility and strengthen your body. In addition, by strengthening the hips and knees, making squats part of your workout routine can significantly reduce the chances of injury in the future due to other physical activity, including non-fitness related injuries.\r\n\r\nThere are a number of different types of squat exercises, including the bodyweight squat and the barbell squat. Below, we will take a look at performing the perfect barbell squat.\r\n\r\n<hr/ >\r\n

Barbell Squat

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1. Get in position at a power cage, squat rack or stand.

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2. Step toward the bar, facing it.

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3. Step under the bar and grip it, resting it high on your back.

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4. Adjust the width of your hands to find the perfect grip.

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5. With the bar in position, stand up and step back while tightening your core.

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6. Spread your feet just slightly past your hip width.

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7. Squat down low slowly.

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8. Ensure your legs are parallel or even lower.

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9. Stand back up and repeat for a full set.

\r\n<hr/ >\r\n\r\nTo find more great exercise routines to complement your workout routine, check out our previous posts on how to do the perfect crunchhow to do the perfect walking lunge, and how to do the perfect barbell hip thrust, and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Core Concepts personal trainers at your closest Mountainside Fitness club location today to learn more.