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Client care: The essential guide to squat form

February 7, 2020

Squatting is an extremely productive exercise that many people consider a go-to when it comes to working out. However, getting it right can be complicated for a fitness novice. Though it may seem simple, the perfect squat form is often overlooked by many. As a result, the smallest error can become big when throwing weights into the mix.

The essential guide to squat form

As a personal trainer, it is important that you pass on knowledge to your clients regarding squat form. Though you can teach them as you train, offering reading material to help them practice their technique. With this in mind, here is a beginner’s guide to squat form.

Squat form: How to squat

The first thing is to squat as deep as you can before it becomes uncomfortable. For those with knee problems, it is advised to not go any deeper than a 90-degree angle. The feet should be placed firmly on the floor, with the heels pushed down into the ground as the legs straighten. Knees should sit in line with the toes and it is important to ensure the knees to not collapse. Pressing them outward will keep them aligned with the feet. Finally, the torso should naturally tilt as the body moves. Staying upright can make standing back up difficult and will strain the knees.

Proper Squat Form

Now your client is aware of the basics, let’s discuss how they can perfect their squat form…

Starting position

Begin with your feet slightly wider than the width of your hips. Make sure your toes face the front.


As you lower your body, make sure you drive your hips back. Be sure to bend at the knees and ankles as you slowly press down.


Press your knees slightly open as you sit into a squat position. Keep your heels and toes firmly on the ground, push your chest out and keep your shoulders back.


Aim to push your knees to a 90-degree angle if possible. This will ensure your thighs will stay parallel to the floor for a much stronger push.


To return back up, press into the heels and straighten your legs until you are once again upright.

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Formation is important but having a qualified personal trainer will allow your client to receive the best training services. With a range of courses from Fit2Train, you can provide your clients with a valuable service that will leave them coming back for more. Email us at to learn more about our courses available from entry-level two up-to advanced level four.

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