If you’re learning how to squat, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the plethora of cues and tips from an ever-increasing community of “experts.” Many of them may indeed be experts but when you’re learning how to squat, many of these tips may not apply. If you’re having a hard time hearing the signal through the noise, here are 4 quick tips to better squats:
- Squat deep. Make sure the top of your legs (not the bottom) go below parallel.
- Sit back. Put your weight on your heels and sit back into an invisible chair.
- Fire your glutes / Knees out. These two cues are really one in the same. Once you hit the bottom of your squat, fire your glutes which should (better) push your knees out. If you’re firing your quads too early you’ll notice your knees pulling inward (super common mistake).
- Chest up. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and try to keep your torso as upright as possible.