How to Dumbbell Stop Squat
Exercise Families: Squat
Trainer: Ashley Steele
Stand with the feet wide, outside of shoulder-width, toes angled out about 20 to 30 degrees, shoulders blades pulled back, and spine and head in good posture. Hold a weight firmly with both hands, position your arms so that the weight is between your legs.
Push the hips back and down—allow the knees to bend naturally and the trunk to lean forward. Continue lowering the body, sinking into the squat as far as possible maintaining proper posture and balance.
Stop and hold the down-position for approximately 2 seconds. Slowly begin to exhale, activate the core, and drive the feet through the floor to press the body to the starting position.
The depth of your squat should be determined by the alignment of the spine. Lower the body until the crest of your pelvis (hip bone) presses against the top of the thigh (or as far as possible while maintaining proper posture and balance.) Be sure to keep your knees aligned with your feet (toes) throughout the squat.
You should feel this working the glutes, hamstrings, thighs, and muscles surrounding the hips.