Posted on September 25 2017
Squatting is a functional movement you use pretty much everyday. Whenever you sit, you're squatting, whenever you get in and out of the car, you're squatting, whenever you go number 2, you're squatting. This movement is essential in our everyday life, so why not strengthen it by learning the proper form?
If you have bad knees like me, or if you don't know how to do a proper squat yet, you can start by sitting on a chair that allows your feet to be planted on the ground while your bottom touches the seat of the chair.
Start off by standing in front of the chair, feet shoulder width apart. Sit down like you would normally do, and then get back up. Make sure your back doesn't touch the back rest (if you have one). Keep your chest up, back straight, and your core engaged.
If you're comfortable doing the squats without a chair, you can now move onto air squats. It's the same exact movements, except this time you are going lower and there's nothing for your butt to sit on. Just as before, you want your chest up, back straight, and your core engaged.
Tired of doing air squats? Add a kettle bell or dumbbell. Same exact thing though, chest up, back straight, and core engaged.
Ready for even more weight? Use a barbell and gradually increase your weight whenever the weight is becoming too easy for you. Once again, keep your chest up, back straight, and core engaged!
Don't try to advance to the next level too fast. Make sure you have proper form before moving onto anything with weight. Look in the mirror while you're squatting or take a video of yourself to see if you have proper form. It's better to take it easily and have your form correct, rather than advance too quickly by adding weight and getting injured in the process.
Remember, chest up, back straight, and core engaged!