Squats are a great leg exercise, but how do you properly perform a squat? We’re glad you asked! Standing upright with your feet shoulder-width apart and your torso upright, squat down, lowering your body towards the ground by pushing your hips back and bending your knees 90-degrees. To return to a standing position, push through the heels and extend the knees and hips. To increase difficulty, place a band around your legs, just above the knees or try adding some weights!
Like many exercises, the “squat” can be modified to suit any fitness level! If you’re getting tired of the basic squat, consider trying a single-leg squat, a sumo squat, a jump squat or squat jacks! Introducing squat variations into your workout program can help increase muscle adaptation and prevent overuse injuries. Please talk to your trainer to see what squat variations (if any) are a good fit for your workout program!