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Barbell Half-Squat

Barbell Half-Squat

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Muscle Groups
  • Abs and Core
  • Legs
  • Leg strength
  • Glutes strength
  • Torso strength


The barbell squat is the “king” of lower body exercises because it involves most of the muscular system. The barbell squat exercise strengthens the quadriceps glutes, hamstrings, calves, and the lower back. By performing this exercise with limited range-of-motion you are capable of lifting more weight. This might be important to a powerlifter looking to perform “partials” for added strength. Set the safety pins to the low squat position.


  • With the barbell on your upper back, stand with both feet slightly wider than hip width.
  • Keeping the chest up at all time, lower yourself carefully by bending the hips and knees.
  • Keep your weight on both heels as you squat down until the back of your thighs are nearly parallel to the ground.
  • Keeping the knees tracking straight at all time, return to the top.


  • Rounding the back
  • Buckling the knees inward
  • Tilting the ankles inward