A Trainer Shows You How to Fix the Most Common Squat Mistakes

Squats are the ultimate lower-body workout. Beginners can do basic ones by placing your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and bending your knees until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Later, you can advance the move by holding weights or adding kicks, knee raises, or jumps in between each one. The possibilities are endless! But just because squats are popular doesn't mean that doing them comes naturally. Without correct form, you could end up injuring yourself instead of toning your glutes and thighs. Uh, no thanks!

NASM-certified trainer and nutrition specialist Airin Avery (@airin_avery1) recently posted a TikTok addressing common squat mistakes many people make. In it, she demonstrates four wrong moves — including arching your lower back, allowing your knees to cave in or your butt to collapse at the bottom of the squat, and leaning too far forward — and small tweaks for each one.

After making a few of these changes, you should be able to feel your muscles aching, thighs shaking, and booty burning — but you won't feel your knees hurting, or your back or neck straining uncomfortably. Watch her video above and keep doing those squats!