Barbell Back Squat

Free Weights / Intermediate

4 ratings

Equipment Needed

  • Barbell

My Performance

Sitewide Performance

  • All
  • Male
  • Female
  • 132.24 lb
    average weight
  • 310.85 lb
    best weight
  • 87
    times logged
  • #71
    popularity rank

Average Sitewide Barbell Back Squat Weight

  • 154.27 lb
    average weight
  • 310.85 lb
    best weight
  • 46
    times logged
  • #66
    popularity rank

Average Male Barbell Back Squat Weight

  • 103.15 lb
    average weight
  • 205.00 lb
    best weight
  • 22
    times logged
  • #66
    popularity rank

Average Female Barbell Back Squat Weight

How to do the Barbell Back Squat:

Muscles Worked

Abs secondary Hamstrings secondary Lower back secondary Glutes secondary Quads primary Muscles diagram

Details

The barbell back squat is a free weights exercise that primarily targets the quads and to a lesser degree also targets the abs, hamstrings, lower back and glutes ...more

The barbell back squat is a free weights exercise that primarily targets the quads and to a lesser degree also targets the abs, hamstrings, lower back and glutes.

The only barbell back squat equipment that you really need is the following: barbell. There are however many different barbell back squat variations that you can try out that may require different types of barbell back squat equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper barbell back squat form is easy with the step by step barbell back squat instructions, barbell back squat tips, and the instructional barbell back squat technique video on this page. The barbell back squat is a exercise for those with a intermediate level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the barbell back squat video, learn how to do the barbell back squat, and then be sure and browse through the barbell back squat workouts on our workout plans page!

Tips

  1. Keep your core tight as you squat.
  2. Breathe out as you stand up.

Variations

  1. Squat
  2. Front Squat
  3. Dumbbell Squat

Other Names

  • Explosive Barbell Back Squat

Types

  • Force Type: Push
  • Mechanics Type: Compound

4 Review

  • janaka
    over 5 years ago
    #

    King of all exercises.. greatest mass builder of all time.

  • g3_fitness
    about 5 years ago
    #

    I would rank the Deadlift a bit higher, but this is certainly a close second. You have to include these in any program.

  • NAC
    almost 3 years ago
    #

    Back squats are one of the most challenging movements for me but if you want to build muscle fast you can't skip them! This Is one of those movement that works your whole body but you have to work for it. Make sure your form is good when you perform these. Keep your shoulders back, keep your whole back tight, keep your head up, don't let your knees cave in and keep your knees behind your toes! 5 out of 5 stars for sure. #Don'tskiplegday

  • MC24
    over 2 years ago
    #

    The back squat is one of the most used exercises in the gym and is definitely one of my favorites! Here is a couple things to make sure you are doing correctly before loading up the bar with max weight. Be sure your knees are behind your toes when you squat down (you do this by throwing your hips/butt out before going down) Make sure that the weight of your body is in your heels, not your toes, this will also help keep your knees behind your toes and will take the strain off of your Achilles tendon. The next thing is to be sure your head stays in a neutral position. Do not excessively look up or down, but stay neutral. The last thing is to be sure that your back is straight and tight, keep those shoulders back. Definitely start slow and work on all of these things before worrying about doing heavy weight. Once your form is perfect then happy lifting!

    Here is an awesome, exhaustive article that will tell you everything you have ever wanted to know about squats. It also has some great videos to model your form after.

    http://stronglifts.com/squat/#Squat_Videos

Equipment Needed

  • Barbell

Tips

  1. Keep your core tight as you squat.
  2. Breathe out as you stand up.

Variations

  1. Squat
  2. Front Squat
  3. Dumbbell Squat

Other Names

  • Explosive Barbell Back Squat

Types

  • Force Type: Push
  • Mechanics Type: Compound