Learn how to goblet squat as we cover the benefits, variations, and training techniques to implementing the goblet squat.
The goblet squat is a great squat variation that is effective as a training tool and teaching tool. It naturally predisposes one toward optimal form, making it easy to feel a good squat. It is accessible too, as it can be done with any implement that you can hold at your chest.
The placement of the implement (high, at your chest) recruits your anterior musculature more than a back squat does, meaning you’ll use your torso a good bit. Fun fact, I felt my abs work harder than I ever have in my life, during a heavy front squat. More than a crunch, hanging leg raise, or any ab workout style class I did; it was the front squat that required so much from my abs.
You can use the goblet squat as a warm up, learning tool, or main lift. Check out the directions and video below for more thorough directions.
How to Goblet Squat
- hold the weight in your upward facing palms
- press elbows toward each other so your elbows are under the weight, not pointing toward the sides of the room
- keep trunk tight and neutral
- break at the hips to initiate squat
- sit deep into heels
- squeeze big toe into the ground and squeeze your glutes as you stand
How Many Goblet Squats Should You Do?
Since the goblet squat can be used as a main lift or an accessory, you have a lot of parameters to choose from. If your goal is to use it as a strength exercise, you’ll work up to heavy weight in the 5-8 rep range. If you’d like to use it as assistance work (typically after your heavier, bigger lifts), then you can do more like 10-20 reps.
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Kathryn Alexander is a strength coach and personal trainer in Austin, Texas. She loves hiking, college football, and the feel of a perfectly knurled barbell. Read more about Kathryn here.