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The squat is one of the most effective and versatile exercises. It works your legs, glutes, back and core.
However, perfecting your form takes practice. This story will share 6 exercises to help you master the squat.
Start with just your bodyweight. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, send hips back and down like you're sitting in a chair. Push through your heels to stand back up. Aim for 3 sets of 15-20 reps.
Hold a dumbbell or kettlebell vertically at your chest. Maintain an upright torso and lower until thighs are parallel. Squeeze glutes to stand. Build up to 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
Stand with your back against a wall. Slowly lower into a squat position, keeping your back pressed to the wall. Hold for 30-60 seconds to build strength in your end position.
Step one leg forward, lowering your back knee just above the floor. Push back up and repeat on the other side. Work up to 3 sets of 10-12 per leg.
Stand in front of a bench or box and lower down until your hips touch the surface. Push through your heels to stand back up. Gradually lower the box height. Aim for 3 sets of 5-8 reps.
By incorporating these 6 exercises into your routine 2-3 times per week, you'll perfect your squat form and build lower body strength. Stick with it for long-term fitness gains.