The squat looks like an easy movement to complete, but performed incorrectly can cause injury. Aside from ensuring you have the right form, avoid lifting with weights that are too heavy or continuing to lift despite fatigue.
Instructions for performing a squat with good technique. Demo video also below.
- Stand with your head facing forward.
- Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
- If using body weight, either place your hands on hips, or hold in front of you.
- Begin to sit back, pushing your glutes back as if sitting in a chair. Allow your upper body to bends forward a bit, closing the gap between your legs and hips.
- Ensure your back does not round.
- Move downwards so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, with your knees over your ankles.
- Keep your weight pressed back into your heals.
- Keep your abs tight, and push through your heels to bring yourself back to the starting position.