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If you can do normal squat with a bar, then you can probably manage a set of bench squats. In the video, you can see our trainer executing bench squats correctly. A bench squat is just like a normal squat, except your behind touches the bench on the descent. The focus is still on your lower body, but the bench is great for fine-tuning your form. A lot of times, trainers will use bench squats after moving to a larger weight, or as a reminder for how low you should go on a squat.
When performing a bench squat, you’ll want to just touch the bench with your rear on the descent before moving back up. Don’t be fooled into thinking this makes a squat easier though. The bench is simple a reminder, a notification that you’ve gone as low as you should and now you need to lift. You should never rest or sit on the bench, and if you’re motions aren’t fluid, you aren’t pushing yourself enough. When at the your lowest point, your thighs should be parallel to the ground.
What do you think of bench squats and how would you compare them to a normal squat? Have you used bench squats before to make sure your form was correct? Let us know in the comments below, or you can tweet us @underwearexpert.