Starting Position :
While standing under the barbell, position the bar across your shoulders
so the bar is up against your neck, above your collarbone. Step back with
the weight to position your feet shoulder width apart. Stand in a neutral
position. Your knees should be slightly bent.
The Exercise :
Slowly squat down until your legs are parallel with the floor, making sure
your knees stay in line with your ankles. Pause, and press the weight back
up to the starting position, pushing through your heels.
Be sure to keep your elbows level with your shoulders throughout the
entire lift. This will help you keep your balance and correct form. If you
have trouble keeping your knees aligned over the balls of your feet, put a
board underneath your heels to help you maintain balance.
Do not let your knees fall in front of your toes. Make sure your legs do
not lock out at any point throughout the lift. Do not lean too far forward,
and keep your body upright.