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Squats: The Best Free Weight Exercise?

If you were to pick just one BEST free weight exercise, it would have to be the squat.

Squats are not only the best free weight exercise for the legs, but may also be the best exercise for the entire body!

The primary muscles worked during squats are the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back.

Here's how to do a correct squat

Step under the bar with your feet about shoulder width apart. Position the bar so it's resting across the lower traps and rear delts.

Keeping abs tight and your head up, lift the bar off of the rack and take a step back. Make sure the weight is balanced and you have a stable, comfortable stance.

Under complete control, bend at the knees and squat down, lowering yourself until your legs are at least parallel with the ground.

With an explosive movement, push the weight up until you're in a standing position.

It's important you keep your head up, abs tight and back arched.

At the top of the movement, don't lock your knees. This is tough on the joint and takes tension off of your quads.

To get the most out of this free weight exercise, make sure you're squatting down until your legs are at least parallel to the ground.

Do not limit your range of motion for the use of a heavier weight.

There you have the description of the King Free Weight Exercise...the squat!

The Squat is not the only free weight exercise you should be doing! Click here to learn the best free weight exercises for gaining muscle and strength.

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