Body weight squat 

The squat is a fundamental body movement that strengthens and tones the lower body. This functional exercise can be performed virtually anywhere with no equipment and in a little space, and because it’s such a basic movement the benefits will carry over into everyday life.  

It’s important for beginners to learn the bodyweight squat before progressing to weighted squats. This will teach you the correct technique with a safe load. 

The benefits of the squat:

  • Build muscle: squats hit your legs hard, requiring multiple muscles to work in unison and stimulates growth.
  • Increased strength: squatting will strengthen your legs and the tendons in your knees like no other exercise.
  • Improved hip mobility: the exercise builds and maintains mobility in the hip joint. 
  • Fat burning/general health: bodyweight squats allow you to perform many controlled reps in succession, elevating the heart rate and burning fat. 

How can you perform it?

✅ Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. You can place your hands behind your head. This will be your starting position

✅ Begin the movement by flexing your knees, sitting back with your hips

✅ Continue down to full depth if you are able,and quickly reverse the motion until you return to the starting position. As you squat, keep your head and chest up and push your knees out