A Description of Squatting Exercises

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Doing squatting exercises is always easier if you get a description of the exercise in question beforehand. Get a description of various squatting exercises with help from a celebrity personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Robert Brace, Celebrity Fitness Trainer and Creator of The 28-Day Challenge DVD System. You can get it at the28daychallenge.com. And I'm here today for eHow to show you proper form for the simple basic squat. The squat is a staple of any exercise program and it seemingly is one of the most basic movements. But, there are many ways to get it wrong and there are specific things you can do to get this movement right. So, first of all, we're going to talk about how not to do a squat. Okay. First and foremost, when you're doing a squat, many people you'll see the knee goes straight in. Okay. This is a weak position and dangerous for the knees. Also, some people scoot their hips forward so that during a squat and they're in this position, bringing the knees way over the, way out in front of the toes; again, that's another dangerous position. The other thing is squatting into one side, not using your legs equally. Another thing that really isn't correct form for a good squat. Here's how we do correct form. Keep your feet just a tad bit wider than hip width apart. Your abs are always going to be elongated, your chest is up, your shoulder blades back and keep your feet parallel. Okay. You're going to keep your arms in, abs nice and tight and you're going to sit your hips back, like you're sitting back on a chair 'till your thighs are parallel with the floor. And you're going to push up on your heels and bring your hips forward and straight up. Let's do that again. You're going to keep your feet parallel, you're going to sit back like you're sitting into a chair all the way down. Your thighs are parallel with the floor, chest is up. You push through the heels of your feet and you stand straight up. That's how you do a perfect squat. You should feel your thighs engage, it helps with the gluts and also even helps with the hamstrings. So, here we go, one more time. Sit all the way down, thighs parallel to the floor, push through the heels and stand straight up. I'm Robert Brace, Creator of The 28-Day Challenge DVD System. You can pick it up at the28daychallenge.com and I'm here for eHow.

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