The back squat is generally accepted as the hold standard of the squatting pattern. It allows for essentially unlimited load progression to continue to develop muscle and strength. It is suitable for most people but you should be comfortably able to squat your bodyweight, be familiar with the movement and have the requisite shoulder and hip mobility before you think about loading this movement. It is the king of building strong quads, glutes and overall lower body strength.
What are the key technique points?
If you are unsure whether or not you are ready for the barbell back squat or would like me to take a look at your technique in person then you can contact me now.
Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.