Hi, I'm author, speaker and trainer JJ Flizanes with JJFlizanes.com. I'm here to speak to you today on behalf of About.com on the proper technique for a squat lift. Often times when people pick things up, they do it in a way that strains their back. Using a squat lift to pick something up can actually help you use the strength in your lower body to make it easier on your back.Most people, when they pick something up, use improper form that's high risk for their lower back. I am going to demonstrate what that looks like. Most people bend over from the waist, with no muscle contraction of their upper body, bend their knees slightly, and pick up whatever it is they are picking up. So the heavier the object, the more of a possible strain on your back. Now I'm going to show you the proper use of a squat to help you lift something heavy off the ground. You're going to start off by squaring yourself off from the object and using your glutes and your quads, bending your knees and sitting your butt back, so now I'm using a squat to lower myself to the ground. Once I get close enough to the object, I'll bend from the waist to pick it up and then I use my leg muscles to bring me back up to a standing position. Using the muscles of your legs will help to protect your back.Thanks for watching and for more information, please visit us online at About.com.
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