Bodyweight Exercise Snapshot: Squat

Bodyweight Exercise Snapshot: Squat

by Colin McGarty


Bodyweight Exercise Description

The bodyweight squat is a fundamental human movement pattern. A strong squat is needed for daily life activities ranging from sitting in a chair, a toilet seat, or to picking something up from the ground. Many people lose this movement pattern as they age.  The best way to reclaim your squat is to do squats! Own the bodyweight squat prior to adding resistance with kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells etc.


Bodyweight Exercise Steps

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width.
  2. Pull your shoulders down and back.  Take a breathe in, engage your core, and reach forward with your hands.
  3. Drive your knees slightly forward then proceed to drop your hips down and back.  Imagine as if you are squatting in between your legs.
  4. Descend until your hips are below your knees.  Maintain a neutral spine as you descend and drive your knees out over your toes.
  5. Reverse the movement and repeat for the desired number of repetitions.


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