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Squat with Barbell Exercise Video

An advanced strengthening exercise primarily for the gluteal and quadriceps muscle groups. Also excellent core exercise. Beneficial for team sports (football, rugby, hockey, netball), tennis and running. Also helpful for those with hip or knee problems in later stages of rehabilitation, including those recovering from ACL surgery.

Video Transcription

Once agreed with your physiotherapist, your squat exercise maybe progressed to being performed with a barbell on your back.

Create a shelf for the bar across the top of your back with your trapezius muscles – being careful to avoid placing the bar on the lower part of your neck.

Have an erect spine, with a natural arch in the lower back. Have your feet in a comfortable position, between hip and shoulder width apart. You may find it more comfortable to have your feet slightly turned out. As you squat down try to maintain a parallel alignment between your trunk and your shin bones.

Also try to ensure the alignment of your knees over your feet.


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