How to Keep Your Back Straight in Squats

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Keeping your back straight in squats is one key element that you need to master for the maximum amount of positive results. Keep your back straight in squats with help from a nationally-recognized fitness specialist in this free video clip.

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Hey, guys. It's Faith Dey, and I'm at Princeton Club West in Madison, Wisconsin, and we're talking about how to keep your back straight when doing a squat. Now, usually when we do squats, I see a lot of clients curving their spine and you want to keep your spine as neutral as possible. So, that means keeping your abs engaged. Now, there's a couple of different ways you can do this. If you're at home, use a broomstick or if you're at the gym, maybe use an exercise bar. Now, if I take that bar and place it by my collarbone or the front of my shoulders, that may help me keep my back straight while I engage my core so that I don't over-arch my lower back as I do my squat. If I don't have those tools, maybe I have an exercise ball. And a great way to keep your spine straight is to take that ball and roll it along a wall while doing your squat. It takes your body in a little different position, but it's a great way to keep your spine straight. Try those two exercises both ways and see how your abs feel in both exercises. And if you need more help, just visit me at


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