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Bodyweight Squat Exercise

1. Stand holding arms straight out in front of the body for balance 2. Squat your hips until thighs are parallel to the ground 3. Return to a standing position by driving through the heels from the back of the legs and hips


Squats without an external load are a great way to warm up your legs during a functional warm-up, or strengthen your legs if you are just starting a new workout routine. Squatting is a fundamental movement that everyone should be able to do efficiently and pain free. You will develop strength in all muscle groups of the hips and legs including calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, hip flexors and even your low back and core. Typically it is advised that you squat down until the thigh is parallel to the floor. More experienced squatters may choose to squat as low as possible (a deep squat) which has the benefit of a larger range of motion, but one should use caution not to strain the knees and back.


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