There are many variations of the squat, and you can do them with or without external load. Squats in all variations are great exercise for the whole body. The main benefit of squats is building your leg muscles, it´s one of the best exercises for building strength in your glutes/hamstrings.
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Stance with shoulder width. Based on individual needs there are options.
Bar rest on your upper back.
Elbows pushed forward and upward.
Knees and toes in the same direction.
Squat down by bending hips and knees at the same time.
Squat until hip joint is below knee joint (break parallel).
Keep your back straight.
Use your heels to get up to starting point.
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A common mistake is not to keep your back straight, causing injuries. Do not add to much weight. Make sure you feel comfortable with the exercise before adding more weight.