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Wide-Stance Barbell Squat for Women
Wide-Stance Barbell Squat
- Stand with your feet set at twice shoulder width. Hold the barbell across your upper back with an overhand grip.
- Keeping your lower back arched, lower your body as deep as you can. Initiate the movement by first pushing your hips back, then bend your knees. Pause, then reverse the movement back to the starting position.
Tip If your heels rise off the floor when you do a standard barbell squat, your hips are tight. But the wide-stance version of the exercise can help. Simply lower your body into the deepest position of the wide-stance squat that you can do without allowing your heels to rise. Hold for 2 seconds. Try to lower your body a little farther with each workout. As your flexibility improves, narrow your stance and decrease the angle at which your toes point out.
This move has been excerpted from The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell.
This Move Works:
Calves, Core, Hips, Quadriceps