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A key exercise in any weights workout is the squat.

Often mistaken as a legs-only exercise, it is in fact an entire body workout. The secret to successful squats is to do them right and to vary them regularly to target all muscles. Back squat - have the barbell across the back of the shoulders, feet hip width or slightly wider. Keeping the back straight and core pulled in, lower your backside as close to the floor as you can, keeping heels on ground. Push back to upright position. Back squats target the muscles at the back of the body - hamstrings, glutes, back and shoulders. Front squat - rest the barbell on the front of the shoulders, across the collarbone, supporting it with hands under the bar and driving elbows up in line with the bar. The bar should be snug against the throat. The beauty of this squat is the back goes into a much stronger position, allowing you to focus on the muscles at the front of the body - quads, arms, shoulders and core. Same as before, drop your butt into a deep squat, pushing through the heels to stand up.

Start lighter and build up weights, but always keep your technique strong for safety and effectiveness.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 8, 2015
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