Exercise 101: Back Squat Using Free Weights
by Michael Wood, BS, PTA
Name of Exercise
—Free weight back squat
Note: This exercise can be performed using a barbell or dumbbells.
It is critical that you remember to:
Repetitions, Sets, and Weight:
The number of repetitions (reps) and sets you should do depends on your strength goals. In general, muscle strength works to increase basic function of the muscle and is the typical workout choice. Muscle endurance is important to people who participate in endurance activities such as running or biking, and muscle power is beneficial for athletes who need to use sudden quick movements (eg, sprinting, basketball, football). Beginners should begin with a basic routine and gradually move toward a strength, endurance, or power routine.
Beginner : 1 set of 8 to 10 reps
Use a weight that is heavy enough to perform the desired number of reps and sets for your skill level using good form. Once you are able to perform more reps and sets than is outlined in your category, try to increase the weight you lift by 5% to 10%. Your strength goals may change as you progress.
American College of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
Healthy Living Unit
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning . 2nd ed. Human Kinetics; 2000.
News and Publications. American College of Sports Medicine Website. Available at: http://www.acsm.org/ . Accessed January 17, 2008.
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