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If you want to strengthen your legs, build your butt, and work nearly every muscle in your lower body, look no further than the squat. This seemingly simple move is a staple in most strength programs because it effectively works multiple muscles at the same time, including your quads, glutes, and even your core. In fact, few other moves fire up more muscle than squats, which is one of the reasons why it's known as one of the "big three" exercises (along with the deadlift and bench press). But you need to know how to do a proper squat for it to be effective.
To get the most out of this muscle-building, fat-burning move, follow our pointers below on how to do squats with perfect form.
Spencer Aiken, CSCS is a Fitness Educator and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Spencer Aiken has educated hundreds of personal trainers on how to become a successful certified personal trainer and entrepreneur within the fitness industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as well as 10 plus years teaching fitness and business, he has an in-depth knowledge of all facets of the fitness industry.
As a co-founder of Fitness Educators, he is an internationally recognized author and educator who has been published in several countries as well as teaching educational workshops across the United States and internationally.