The squat is an exercise that involves the glutes, and, to a less extent, other muscle groups.
The exercise is generally performed by squatting down with a weight held across the upper back, and then standing up straight again. There are however many variations on the exercise, including holding the weight across the front (known as "front squats"), or using a box to rest on briefly between squats (known as "box squats").
Although weights are commonly used for squats, the exercise can also be done without weights - just your own body weight. If weights are used, barbells are most frequently used, but dumbbells or kettlebells are sometimes used instead. Squats can also be performed with the help of a Smith machine.
The squat is recommended for the following muscle groups:
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