How should I do mini squats?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Here's how to do mini-squats:

Reps: 10
Sets: 1-3
Intensity: Moderate
Tempo: Slow and controlled
Rest: No rest needed

Starting position: Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart.

Movement: Rest your hands on your thighs. Hinge forward at your hips and bend your knees to lower your buttocks about six inches, as if starting to sit down in a chair. Return to the starting position.

Tips and techniques:
  • Press your weight back into your heels when squatting.
  • Keep your knees aligned over your ankles and pointing forward as you squat.
  • Keep your spine neutral and your shoulders down and back.
Too hard? Do a smaller squat.

Too easy? Hold each mini-squat for eight counts.

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