Wide Barbell Squats

Exercise Tips

  • Do not lock your knees
  • Keep your eyes on a high spot on the wall in front of you
  • Do not lean forward

Wide Barbell Squats

This exercise targets your quadriceps and provides a moderate to high cardio benefit. It also works your hamstrings.

Muscle Group

Quadriceps (Quads), Hamstrings


1 Day a Week to
3 Days a Week



Cardiovascular Benefit

Moderate to High

Muscle Group: Quadriceps (Quads), Hamstrings

Equipment: Barbell

Minimum Frequency: 1 Day a Week

Maximum Frequency: 3 Days a Week

Cardiovascular Benefit: Moderate to High

Exercise Category: Legs

Starting Position: Stand with your feet very wide, about 2-3 feet apart, toes pointing forward. Hold a barbell behind your neck, resting on your shoulders. Hold the barbell in place with both hands with an underhand grip.

  1. 1 Exhaling, slowly squat down as if you are going to sit in a chair, until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Keep your shoulders back and back straight.
  2. 2 Quickly stand up, back to starting position.
  3. 3Repeat this exercise until you have completed all repetitions for the set.

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