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How to Do Squats Properly

Even experts can’t agree on the right way to do one

Illustration: Maria Chimishkyan

TThe best way to do a squat is to keep your feet pointed straight in front of you. No, wait — you should point your feet slightly outward. Actually, your feet should be shoulder width apart, or no, they should be slightly wider, or maybe narrower. Squat until your knees hit 90 degrees, then push…

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Christie Aschwanden

Christie Aschwanden

Author of GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery (Norton, 2019). Twitter: @CragCrest christieaschwanden.com

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