Performed properly, squats are more than simple leg exercises—they are one of the best activities to learn to engage deep abdominal and back muscles for power and support of the rest of the body.
Thighs should be parallel to the floor at the bottom of the squat; however, hip and ankle mobility may limit movement for some people. If you are not able to lower to parallel while maintaining proper posture, temporarily limit the range of motion while working on flexibility.
- From Standing Ab Draw, core engaged, sit the hips back while bending the knees and dropping the hips.
- Shoulders should remain back, chest up, and knees in line with the ankles.
- The back should arch slightly—without over-extending—as you descend, engaging low back muscles to support the spine.
- Lower until thighs are parallel to the floor; then drive your weight through your heels to bring yourself back to Standing Ab Draw position.