The barbell squat is a compound exercise that targets the muscles in the legs and buttocks, specifically the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. It is an excellent exercise for building lower body strength and improving overall athletic performance.
To perform a barbell squat, you will need a barbell and a squat rack.
- Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your toes pointing slightly outward. Place the barbell on your upper back, resting it across the traps and rear deltoids.
- Take a deep breath and bend your knees, lowering your body as if you were sitting back into a chair. Keep your chest up and your back straight as you descend.
- Lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor, or until you reach the desired depth.
- Exhale and push through your heels to straighten your legs and return to the starting position.
Remember to keep your core tight and your movements controlled throughout the exercise. It is important to use proper form to avoid injury and maximize the benefits of the exercise.
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