That is right, tomorrow is my leg day so guess what I am up to...... That's right everyone Squats! I have to admit, squats are actually one of my favorite exercises. They require no equipment, no fancy high priced trainer and best of all, they require no out of pocket expenses. Bellow, I am going to start my week of fitness tips on how to perform certain exercises properly to help prevent injury.
So lesson one: THE SQUAT!
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT BODY-WEIGHT SQUAT: 1. Stand with feet about shoulder width apart
2. Try to keep your feet straight and parallel, but if you have to turn them outwards slightly that’s OK also (no more than 15 degrees).
3. With arms straight out in front at shoulder height, begin the descent by bending the knees, sticking out your bottom, and leaning forward at the waist. Pretend you are sitting back in an imaginary chair and ensure your knees remain behind your toes the entire time. Sticking out your chest and looking straight ahead will also help to maintain a neutral back as you perform the descent.
4. Your back should remain neutral throughout the motion. Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor or to the point where you can no longer maintain a flat back.
6. Press through your HEELS to return to standing and repeat for desired number of reps.
If I have lost you any, here is a video that takes you step by step on how to do it properly. Remember, always drink plenty of water during your workouts!