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.
Load the bar onto your back and brace your midsection; this is not just a leg exercise. In fact, your abs and lower back will do a considerable amount of work here, so brace them accordingly.
Lower the bar under control as you sit down & back.
How low should you go? Well, the clue is in the name. PARALLEL means achieving a 90* angle. This is where the load will be at its heaviest. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds. You’ll have to work very hard here to control your posture.
To power back up, focus on keeping your chest up and drive your hips forward HARD.
MUSCLES WORKED BY THIS EXERCISE:
Legs (Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, Adductors, Abductors)