People overdo it when it comes to weight, which can lead to injury, Berman says. "Doing a squat exercise with a barbell across your back puts you in a position to lift a great amount of weight. Many are prone to add too much too soon, causing them to default into improper position just to lift it,” she adds.
Do it Right: Start with a low weight and really focus on your form. Stand straight with a plain (no weight added) barbell across the back of your shoulders and your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Lower your body down as if you are going to sit in a chair. Keep your knees in a straight line as you lower and stop when your thighs create a 90-degree angle with your lower legs. Don’t let your knees buckle and make sure your toes are in sight so you know you’re sitting deep enough into the squat.