4 Top Tips to Strengthen your Squat

4 Top Tips to Strengthen your Squat

A squat is a compound movement - a standard bodyweight squat will activate almost every muscle group within your body. 

It is one of the most functional foundational movements the human body can do and when you get it right,the squat has a fantastic effect on your whole body. So, whether you warm up with body weight squats or are working to build the weights on your barbell squat, this is one move that no workout should be without. 

If you want more out of your squats then keep these 4 tips in mind:

1.      Strengthen your Core

A strong core is the foundation of a fit body. Your core is what ensures your squat form is perfect, so do all you can to build it up.

The plank should be your go-to exercise for getting your core stabilised for the perfect squat every time.

2.      Build your Back

Your traps and upper back muscles are essential for barbell squats, as they ensure you hold the barbell in place and it doesn’t rock.

A great complimentary exercise to your squats to help build your upper back muscles is the standard dumbbell row.

Simply position yourself with one hand on a bench and a dumbbell in the other hand. Bring the dumbbell up and into your torso, contracting your back muscles tightly at the same time.

3.      Practice Pause Squats

Pause squats are simply squats at a much slower tempo. Make sure you stop for 3-5 seconds when you’re deep into your squat.

Through pause squats, you can focus on each individual part of the squat movement and ensure your form is upheld throughout.

4.      Increase your Squat Count

If you want to be a pro-squatter, then you need to make sure they’re worked into every single gym session you have. You could try making sure you squat every day but it’s more effective to up your squat frequency at each one of your regular gym sessions.

Within just a few weeks you’ll see the benefits of your high frequency squatting cycle and you may see the weights your squatting increase too.

The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Emma C.
8 June 2016

Emma C.

I can vouch that pause squats are very effective!

Sarah L.
7 June 2016

Sarah L.

so simple and yet so effective - and also quite hard if you aren't used to them! I am trying to fit squats into spare moments so these tips are very handy.

Matthew C.
5 June 2016

Matthew C.

Squats are the one thing which I have always done in my exercise routine, and always will. They are so easy to do, great for my legs and cardio, and feel natural. I started learning about hindu squats a few years ago - the Indians have been doing them for years so they're clearly effective.

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