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Barbell Full Squat

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Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Quadriceps
Other Muscles: Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower Back
Equipment: Barbell
Mechanics Type: Compound
Level: Intermediate
Sport: Yes
Force: Push
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Barbell Full Squat Guide

Main Muscle: Quadriceps

  1. This exercise is best performed inside a squat rack for safety purposes. To begin, first set the bar on a rack just above shoulder level. Once the correct height is chosen and the bar is loaded, step under the bar and place the back of your shoulders (slightly below the neck) across it.
  2. Hold on to the bar using both arms at each side and lift it off the rack by first pushing with your legs and at the same time straightening your torso.
  3. Step away from the rack and position your legs using a shoulder-width medium stance with the toes slightly pointed out. Keep your head up at all times and maintain a straight back. This will be your starting position.
  4. Begin to slowly lower the bar by bending the knees and sitting back with your hips as you maintain a straight posture with the head up. Continue down until your hamstrings are on your calves. Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement.
  5. Begin to raise the bar as you exhale by pushing the floor with the heel or middle of your foot as you straighten the legs and extend the hips to go back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

This type of squat allows a greater range of motion, and allows the trunk to maintain a more vertical position than other types of squats, due to foot position and the higher bar position.



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Review: Barbell Full Squat

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7/10

Nov 25, 2014 5:36 AM: The squat is a good exercise, but the guy in the video steps forward out of the squat rack, which is a big nono. ALWAYS step backwards out of the rack and forward in the rack. I don't care if you're uncomfortable having your ass point in the gym, you do it the safe way. That way you can see where you're...+See More



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Aug 3, 2014 11:08 AM: Watch the "buttwink" and drive through your heels not your toes.



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Jul 3, 2014 3:41 PM: Core should be tight, protecting your back from injury!



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Apr 16, 2014 11:12 AM: Best leg workout..hands down



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Apr 14, 2014 1:15 AM: Always tighten your core!



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Feb 27, 2014 5:43 PM: great



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10/10

Jan 18, 2014 7:30 AM: My favorite exercise ever, just be sure to stretch your legs and your back before attempting this. Inhale on your way down and exhale on your way up, and make sure you squeeze your glutes at the top position.



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10/10

Nov 24, 2013 4:15 PM: This is an exercise that works the whole body when done correctly. As long as no contraindications not to do it (back and knee issues) it should be in your leg routine to develop strong quads and glutes. Try and get down to parallel to engage glutes. This actually puts less stress on your knees...+See More



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Nov 1, 2013 4:13 PM: It's a classic!



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Oct 5, 2013 8:36 AM: I feel like my glutes are primary and quads are secondary when doing this excercise



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