Fitness

Common workout mistakes: Squats

March 4, 2014

Hey everyone!

So a friend recently asked if I could do a blog post about how to do squats with proper form .. what a great question!! Having correct form in any exercise, and particularly squats, is crucial to ensure that you activate the correct muscles and that you do not injure yourself.

The following is a short video where I show you how to do a squat withΒ proper form and various ways of howΒ not to doΒ a squat! I am sorry the audio is quite static-y but alas, I have yet to get any professional editing software. Hashtag #brokeunistudent

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxB7ZD7YyoU[/embedyt]

Key things to take away from this video are …

1. Make sure your knees are not flying over your toes. Keep your knees in line with them.

2. Keep you back straight. Pleaaase do not hunch over.

3. Try and squat so that you are parallel to the ground. This all depends on your hip flexibility though, so do not force yourself to squat lower if you simply cannot.

4. DoΒ NOT lock your knees when you come up. Keep them slightly bent.

Hope this helps you all! Squats are an amazing exercise because they work multiple muscles and challenge your stability. A great compound move that can be added to your routine, in a variety of different ways.

Honestly yours,
Alice

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  • Nina Fitton June 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I do loads of squats – they’re great for all-round toning. Gotta be careful to stop your knees going over your toes though as that’s what can mess up your knees – and also works all the wrong muscles! This workout in London is great – HIIT mixed with medium weights and lots of reps: http://hyhoi.com/2014/04/barrys-bootcamp-euston/
    Claims to burn up to 1000 calories in an hour! Highly recommend – it’s addictive πŸ™‚