Want to improve your back squat? Follow these easy tips the next time you’re at the gym.
- Contract your muscles: Tighten up the muscles throughout the butt, core and back before you even attempt to squat. You’ll lift more weight if you utilize the surrounding muscles.
- Change your mindset: Have a mental saying or visual image you can go to before you attempt to squat that helps improve your confidence and gets you game-ready. So many of us leave the psychological component out of our lifting sessions without realizing that our mind can actually help us lift more weight.
- Grip the bar with meaning: Don’t just casually place your hands on the bar. Tell your brain you’re ready and grip the bar like you want to do something powerful!
- Foot placement: Don’t dance around when you’re trying to improve your back squat. Firmly place your feet at least hip-width apart and keep your feet there the entire time throughout the lift.
- Squeeze your back muscles and shoulders: Keep your shoulder blades down and back and engage your lat muscles to create a perfect place for the barbell to rest.
- Finish with purpose: Don’t just “hope” that you’ll finish a lift. Back squat with force and drive up through your heels in a vertical direction with purpose. Be powerful and drive until you’re standing upright.