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Narrow-Stance Barbell Parallel Squat

Narrow-Stance Barbell Parallel Squat

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Muscle Groups
  • Abs and Core
  • Hips & Buttocks
  • Legs
  • Leg strength
  • Glute strength
  • Torso strength


The narrow stance barbell parallel squat is a good exercise to develop all of the major muscle groups of your legs. Only going to parallel lets you use a little more weight than squatting all the way down. Using more weight helps develop the ligaments and tendons as well as core strength. For added challenge try doing these from the bottom up.


  • With the barbell on your upper back, stand with both feet directly under the hip joints.
  • 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 your upper thighs are 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