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After injuring his Achilles tendon, our go-to trainer from Instagram is back doing bench squats. Like the name suggests, the only difference between your average squat and bench squats is the bench itself. But remember that the bench is really nothing more than a training wheel, a notice when you’ve squatted low enough and have to muster your strength to finish another rep. The bench should never ever hold any of your weight. That is your job.
When performing bench squats, tighten your abdominal muscles, rotate and lower your shoulders back. This braces your core and makes it more difficult to go easy on yourself by keeping you from leaning too far forward. When the weight is loaded and lifted, place it on your shoulders. Some people make the mistake of placing the weight on their neck and go home feeling the wrong kind of sore. When you descend, your thigh should be parallel to the floor. This is how high you want the bench.
Watch the video of this trainer performing bench squats to perfection. How much can you squat, with or without a bench? What other tips do you have when developing your form, for any exercise? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting us @underwearexpert.