The squat exercise is a common strength training exercise. This technique involves using dumbbells, compared to another squat technique using a barbell.
Equipment Required: a pair of dumbbells
- Stand with a dumbbell in each hand, with your feet flat on the floor and about shoulder width apart. Toes should be slightly turned out.
- Slowly descend until the upper legs are parallel to the floor. Your movement should be backward and down as if you were sitting into a chair.
- Push back up to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repititions.
Key points to remember
- When standing, avoid locking the knees straight.
- Keep the knees from moving in front of your toes.
- Avoid leaning forward.
- Keep the abdominals tight and the lower back in a neutral position.
- Only a certain amount of weight can be carried in the hands. To increase the load on the legs you should perform the squat exercise with a barbell and the weight on your shoulders. Similar exercises are the deadlift, lunge and leg press.
- The dumbbells may be held in the hands at the shoulder level, or hanging by the side.
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