A Simple Warm-up to Help You Squat Lower
Do you have trouble squatting low enough?
Would you like to squat deeper?
Do squats just not feel quite right, like you can’t find your “groove” with the movement?
Then try this fast and simple squat warm-up.
Because there are numerous, elaborate, time-consuming warm-up drills available to assist in squatting lower, you may be tempted to think the warm-up shown above is too simple to work. For years this has been my go-to warm-up for trainees who have trouble squatting low enough or want to progressively squat deeper.
Don’t disregard it before trying it.
The Squat-Lower Warm-up Recap:
- Hold onto something for support, like a power rack or inclined weight lifting bench (a suspension trainer works great too), so you can focus completely on the movement.
- Get in your squat stance and begin by squatting down as low as you can comfortably go. Hold the bottom position for a few seconds. Squat back up, repeat 10-15 times.
- Try to go a little deeper on every rep, or every other rep. Hold the bottom position for a few seconds on every rep.
- Repeat for 1-2 more sets of 10-15 reps until desired squat depth is reached.
- If you’re still having trouble squatting as low as you’d like after 3 sets of 10-15 reps explained above, perform a set of goblet squats with a light dumbbell for 10-15 reps. Again, go as low as you can and hold the bottom position for a few seconds. Try to go lower on every rep or every other rep.
- Proceed with your regular squat workout now that you’re properly warmed up.
That just may be the simplest and fastest warm-up for squats you’ve ever done.
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