How to Work Out Muscles With Squat Exercises

Improve your lower-body strength with squats.
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You probably either love or hate the squat. It's not an exercise that gets a neutral response. The squat works well to strengthen the muscles of your legs, which makes it a lovable exercise, but it's not easy and requires proper form, which makes it a dreaded exercise. The muscles in your thighs, which are the quadriceps and hamstrings, in addition to your inner and outer thighs and the muscles in your lower legs, work together as you sink and stand in the squat. If you have healthy knees and hips and can perform the squat without discomfort, you'll find this exercise a perfect addition to your strength-training routine.

Step 1

Stand in an area free of clutter. Position your feet parallel with each other and at a hip-distance apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand for extra resistance. Bend your elbows and rest the dumbbells near your shoulders. Extend your arms straight out from your shoulders if you are not holding onto weights.

Step 2

Keep your spine straight and tighten your stomach by pulling in your belly button. Look straight ahead to keep your neck and spine aligned. Lift your chest for good posture.

Step 3

Inhale, bend your knees and lower your hips. Lower into the squat until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Only lower for as long as you can keep your heels on the floor and your knees over the top of your heels. Stop the squat if your knees move forward past your toes.

Step 4

Exhale, straighten your knees and hips as you keep your posture and return to a standing position. Don't lock your knees at the top of the squat.

Step 5

Complete one to three sets of eight to 12 squats. Rest for 60 seconds in between sets.

Step 6

Perform squats every other day to work out the muscles in your lower body.

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