How to Do a Squat

There are no shortcuts to a more toned rear end, but squats are one proven secret to success. Learn how to do a squat correctly: As this video shows, a few simple moves will target and tone your rear.

Follow These Steps

  1. Stand straight with feet hip-width apart

    Stand with your feet apart, directly under your hips, and place your hands on your hips.

  2. Tighten your stomach muscles

    Standing up tall, put your shoulders back, lift your chest, and pull in your abdominal muscles.

  3. Lower down, as if sitting

    Bend your knees while keeping your upper body as straight as possible, as if you were lowering yourself onto a seat behind you. Lower yourself as far as you can without leaning your upper body more than a few inches forward.

    Tip: Don’t allow your knees to go too far forward. You don’t want them to stick out past your toes.

  4. Straighten your legs

    Being careful not to lock your knees when you reach a standing position, straighten your legs.

  5. Repeat the movement

    Repeat for three sets of 10 to 15 reps.

    Tip: Stretch your arms out in front of you for added balance during squats.