The third exercise that we’d like to share in the month of giving thanks is squats!!
Squats are an awesome exercise that work the hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and core. Squats are functional and help improve balance and coordination. At BB360, we incorporate squats in all of our classes. See photo of BB360 athlete Chris getting his squat on!
Here is the correct way to do this exercise…
Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart and knees over ankles. Roll shoulders back and down away from the ears. Pull elbows close to the body, palms facing each other and thumbs pointing up. Start the movement by bringing your hips backwards (like your about to sit in a chair) as the knees begin to bend. While th butt starts to stick out, make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright, and the back stays straight. Keep the head facing forward with eyes straight ahead for a neutral spine. Lower down so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, with your knees over your ankles. Press your weight back into your heels. Keep your body tight, and push through your heels to bring yourself back to the starting position.
Start with three sets of 10 squats, and then add more reps (12, 15) as you get used to the motion. It’s definitely awkward at first, so don’t expect to master the squat right away. Focus on your form, and then worry about adding reps.
Good luck and enjoy this awesome exercise!