The back squat is probably the most classic of compound exercises, targeting the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, and calves.

Not only is a high-leverage back squat an impressive feat in the gym, but it can yield tremendous benefits when it comes to building muscle and burning fat. In order to reap the benefits of this classic exercise, make sure you're executing it in the most efficient way possible.

Follow these tips to perfect your barbell back squat:

- Heels directly under shoulders 

- Keep toes slightly pointed out

- Bar resting across traps

- Engage core and lats

- Keep weight on heels 

- Don’t let knees cave inward

- Force hips through to lockout