BARBELL SQUAT

BARBELL SQUAT


VIDEO DEMO:


EXERCISE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Don’t panic if you can’t get comfortable with the traditional advice of placing your feet at “10 and 2 O’ Clock”… Everyone squats differently. Your ideal foot position depends on many things, so don’t stress. If I asked you to jump as high as you could, where would you plant your feet? That’s where you should also plant them for barbell squats.
  2. Load the bar onto your back and brace your midsection; this is not just a leg exercise.
  3. Lower the bar under control as you sit down & back.
  4. How low should you go? Well, again this depends on you. Ignore broscience about “ass to grass” – a 90* squat unlocks the maximum benefits, so if your hips allow you to go any further (see video, mine do), then go for it but if not, don’t sweat it.
  5. How do you power up from the bottom? You’ll see countless people doing this BADLY in the gym.. They’ll push their butt back and let their lower back take the brunt of the load, which is a BAD IDEA. Instead, see how I power up from each rep? I keep my chest up, with my shoulders pinned back, and focus on driving my hips forward HARD. This will make the bar move up in a straight line, and place the load on your power muscles, not your lower back!

MUSCLES WORKED BY THIS EXERCISE:

  • Legs (Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings)
  • Back (Lower Back)
  • Abs
barbell squat muscles worked

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