Tips from the Pros

Mistakes to Avoid for the Perfect Squat

The FizzUp trainer can turn you into a squat star by helping you avoid all the mistakes that wreak havoc on your joints and make this exercise all the less effective. Try these tips from the FizzUp trainer to do the perfect squat at home.

MISTAKE #1 TO AVOID FOR THE PERFECT SQUAT: LEANING FORWARD

More often than not, beginners tend to lean forward when they lower their body. But sadly, this means they’re far from doing the perfect squat. Leaning forward makes this exercise much less effective and increases the risk of back injury. Your legs should be working, not your chest. Keeping your back straight and putting all your weight on your heels guarantees that you’ll do the exercise correctly. You should be able to lift your toes up off the floor.

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FizzUp trainer’s tip: Look straight ahead to keep yourself from leaning forward. When you focus on something specific, you’ll keep your back straight and let your legs do all the work.

MISTAKE #2 TO AVOID FOR THE PERFECT SQUAT: LOWERING YOUR BODY TOO FAR

For the perfect squat, you don’t need to lower your body that far. Stop when your glutes reach your knees. This range of motion is enough to effectively build muscle in your legs and glutes.

FizzUp trainer’s tip: Don’t forget to take deep breaths as you do this exercise. They’ll help you do more repetitions. Inhale as you go down, and exhale as you come up.

MISTAKE #3 TO AVOID FOR THE PERFECT SQUAT: POINTING YOUR KNEES INWARD

Pointing your knees inward as you do a squat can cause joint pain and injury, making the exercise much more difficult to do. Instead, try to point your knees outward. If you’re a beginner, this can help you lower your body even further (if you couldn’t already).

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FizzUp trainer’s tip: To do the perfect squat, don’t forget to keep your knees aligned with your toes.

MISTAKE #4 TO AVOID FOR THE PERFECT SQUAT: ARCHING YOUR BACK

Pay close attention to your posture when you do a squat. Good posture is key during this (and any) exercise. Too much arch in your back is dangerous and can lead to injury. To do this exercise perfectly, keep it straight and in a neutral position. Point your tailbone backward as you bend your knees while keeping your back locked in the neutral position. You should have a slight curve in your lower back, but it shouldn’t be too distinct.

FizzUp trainer’s tip: To help you keep your back straight, the FizzUp trainer recommends holding your arms out horizontally. This makes it easier to keep your balance and your back straight.

MISTAKE #5 TO AVOID FOR THE PERFECT SQUAT: LIFTING YOUR HEELS

Do you tend to lift your heels when you do squats? Can’t keep your heels on the floor when you bend your knees? Then your Achilles tendon probably isn’t that flexible, which means that your ankle mobility is reduced, making it hard for you to do this strength training exercise correctly. But don’t panic. All you need to do is lift up your heels only slightly in order to do the perfect squat by placing something underneath them. This way, you can put your weight on your heels so that you can finally bend your knees far enough to do a proper squat.

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FizzUp trainer’s tip: Wearing shoes can help you keep your heels on the floor. If you still can’t, place small, smooth objects under your heels to feel the difference. Anything will do, or you can try shoe lifts.

And that’s how you do the perfect squat. Safely optimize your exercises and kick your progress up a notch with these tips from the FizzUp trainer. Ready for glutes of steel?

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