Squats are a movement that most of us perform several times a day as we get up from a chair, or more importantly from the toilet. So knowing how to perform it safely, in alignment, and using the correct muscles, is important for maintaining your muscle function and for keeping your hips, knees and ankles pain free as well as injury free.
In this video (Part 2 of 4), Billy Polson, founder of Diakadi Fitness Performance Life in San Francisco, explains the importance of including squats (instead of leg machines) in your workouts, how to perform a squat with correct form, and the proper progression for learning the movement (from beginner level hip bridges up to advanced barbell squats).
Follow the Four-Part Leg Series
Part 1: Program Overview
Part 2: Squats
Part 3: Lunges
Part 4: Dead Lifts
Tips from the Masters is provided courtesy of Billy Polson, creator of RealJock's Complete Strength 12-Week Workout Program. Polson and his partner Mike Clausen are founders and owners of the award-winning Diakadi Body personal training gym, voted San Francisco Magazine's "Best Place to Get Fit" as well as the San Francisco Chronicle's and CitySearch list of the Top Trainers in The Bay Area. For additional tips from the masters, check out the Diakadi Body Blog.