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Olympic Squat

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

Main Muscle: Quadriceps

  1. Begin with a barbell supported on top of the traps. The chest should be up, and the head facing forward. Adopt a hip width stance with the feet turned out as needed.
  2. Descend by flexing the knees, refraining from moving the hips back as much as possible. This requires that the knees travel forward; ensure that they stay aligned with the feet. The goal is to keep the torso as upright as possible. Continue all the way down, keeping the weight on the front of the heel.
  3. At the moment the upper legs contact the lower, reverse the motion, driving the weight upward.

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Apr 25, 2012 9:20 AM: Excellent, one of the harder squats.

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Jul 25, 2011 2:05 PM: top exercise

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