Exercise of the week: The Squat

What is it and what does it do?

Love it or hate it, the squat is a great functional movement that you can do anywhere and, if done correctly, will train strong legs and glutes (bum) while improving posture.

How to do it?

Adopt a shoulder width stance. As you squat, hips move back and down while keeping the chest up and knees out in line with toes. Keep your heels down. Take the squat as low as you can get with good form. As you get stronger you can try holding a barbell, as you see me do in the video, for an even more challenging workout.

Deeper squatting requires good mobility and stability of the ankles, knees, hips and torso. Therefore, if you need to build up to a full squat, start by squatting to a chair or the arm of a sofa first.