How to do the Perfect Squat
Hey Emerge Family! In this blog, we’re talking about one of the most important exercises in the book – squats! Not only do they work your quads, hamstrings and glutes, but they also help improve your overall strength and mobility. But before you start pumping out reps, let’s talk about the proper squat position for beginners. Our expert exercise physiologists and physical therapists are here to help.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart
To start, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure your toes are pointing straight ahead. Keep your head up and your chest out. It’s important to maintain good posture throughout the exercise. Make sure to relax your face and shoulders.
Engage your core
Before you start squatting, engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button in towards your spine. This will help stabilize your body and prevent injury.
Lower your hips
Now it’s time to start squatting! Lower your hips back and down, as if you’re sitting back into a chair. Make sure your knees are aligned with your toes and your weight is evenly distributed through your feet.
Keep your back straight
As you lower down, keep your back straight and your chest lifted. Imagine there’s a string pulling you up from the top of your head. By engaging your core this way, it will help prevent any strain on your lower back.
Push through your heels
Once you reach the bottom of your squat, push through your heels to stand back up. Keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the movement.
And there you have it! The proper squat position for beginners. Remember, it’s important to start with good form and gradually increase your weight and intensity over time. Happy squatting!