Saturday, January 11, 2014

Engaging your Muscles in the Squat

Squatting is probably one of the best bum exercises out there. But a lot of folks do it wrong. And this puts pressure on your knees rather than your glutes. Want a great bum and thighs? Want to incorporate the squat in your routine but think you may be doing it wrong? Here is a simple tip to help engage your bum muscles.

When you squat, try not to move your knees. Rather, lean back into your bum like you are trying to sit in an invisible chair. 

Okay, so maybe it's not that easy. A lot of people buckle their knees when they squat, and they tend to lean forward. If you lean forward, a lot of the weight you are trying to send to your bum is actually going to your knees. And that pressure can actually hurt you.

Leaning back into your bum is hard though. But it gets better as you do it. You can train your body by trying to do wall-sits or stationary squats where you stay in the low squat position for a few seconds. This allows you to focus on your form and try to improve it. For that extra oomph, don't forget to squeeze when you come up!

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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