Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBarbell
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePush
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings
Target Muscle Group


Quads Muscle Anatomy Diagram

1/2 Squat Instructions

  1. The 1/2 squat is a variation of the regular squat. Set up for the exercise by setting the barbell to just below shoulder height and loading the weight you want to use.
  2. Stand under the bar with your feet at about shoulder width apart.
  3. Position the bar so that it is resting on the muscles on the top of your back, not on the back of your neck. The bar should feel comfortable. If it doesn't, try adding some padding to the bar.
  4. Now take your hands over the back and grip the bar with a wide grip for stability.
  5. You should now bend at the knees and straighten your back in preparation to take the weight off the rack.
  6. Keeping your back straight and eyes up, push up through the legs and take the weight off the rack.
  7. Take a small step back and stabilize yourself.
  8. Keeping your eyes facing forwards, slowly lower your body down. Don't lean forward as you come down. Your buttocks should come out and drop straight down.
  9. Squat down around 12 inches, pause, and then slowly raise your body back up pushing through your heels.
  10. Do not lock the knees out when you stand up, and then repeat the movement.

Exercise Tips:

  1. Generally, for building lower body mass, the regular or deep squat is much more effective.
  2. The quarter squat is often used as a shock technique to build strength with heavier weights, and for focusing solely on the quads.
1 Comment
Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2012 - 22:48

Half squats are great! They allow you to lift heav. Just don't go too heavy and remain in control.