It’s always a good idea to start your back squat with no weight so that you can really perfect your form! Here are a few things to remember when performing this exercise:
- Feet positioning: Stand shoulder width apart. A good little trick is to jump 3x in a row and see where your feet land naturally.
- Bar positioning: On top of your traps, at the bottom of your neck. NOT on top of your spine. You also want to make sure that you are holding the bar on each side at an equal distance away from your shoulders.
- Squat: Back is flat. Chest is up. Core is strong. Lower your butt as if you were to sit on a chair behind you. Keep everything tight. You want to get just below 90.
- Stand it back up. All of the weight should rest in your heels. Don’t forget to squeeze your butt!
And remember to breathe! You want to inhale as you squat down and exhale as you shoot your body back up into a standing position! Once you’ve nailed your form, you can then begin to slowly add weight to your bar.