What is a Squat?

Squats are designed to build strength using gravity as resistance. This exercise engages your quads, glutes and core, particularly building strength in the legs. Squats can be made more difficult by performing them with weights, either held close to the chest, by your sides or resting on your shoulders or back.

How do you do a Squat?

  • Step 1

    Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms straight overhead. Push your hips backward and sit toward your heels, keeping your core tight, back straight and upper body upright. Once your hips are parallel with your knees, drive your hips forward and rise back to a standing position.

How do you modify a Squat?

  • Squat for Beginners

  • Advanced Squat

What are the benefits of a Squat?

  • Leg Strength

  • Glute Strength

  • Core Strength

Expert opinion

The squat is an incredible exercise for developing both power and endurance.

With so many varieties, you have limitless options to add to your training. Most people don’t train their legs enough, and squats are a move literally anyone can do that yield tremendous benefits.

David Mangia,Elevate Internal Fitness in Washington, D.C.

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