Wide-Stance Barbell Squat

The wide-stance barbell squat strengthens the lower body with more emphasis on the inner thighs. Wide-stance barbell squats typically also allow for use of a heavier load than traditional stance squats.


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    Stand in a slightly wider than shoulder-width stance with toes pointed outward. Rest bar firmly on back of shoulders with an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Brace your core and keep chin parallel to floor.
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    Simultaneously descending hips to ground until thighs become parallel to floor, performing a deep squat. Pause at your lowest point and retract back to starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Be sure to initiate the squat with the hips.
  • Do not let allow your back to round during the exercise. Instead, keep spine tall and chest lifted.
  • Do not let the knees cave inward.