The goblet squat is a leg strengthening exercise. It can be used across all fitness levels and sports to develop muscle hypertrophy and strength. This exercise can be used by everyone from beginners, athletes, lifters, and coaches. It is often used to learn the squatting technique.
This video demonstrates the technique for performing the goblet squat with a dumbbell or kettlebell.
- Gluteus Maximus
- Bicep Femoris
- Vastus Lateralis
- Vastus Intermedius
- Vastus Medialis
- Rectus Femoris
- Hip Flexors
The goblet squat is a great exercise for strengthening the glutes and quadriceps, which are the prime movers for hip and knee extension. Set up with feet hip width apart and rotated slightly outwards. Place the dumbbell or goblet under the chin, keeping the chest up for a tall neutral spine. Keep the weight evenly distributed through the feet. Squat down until the thighs are parallel to the ground and elbows close to the knees.
The Goblet Squat is fairly mistake-proof, which is one thing that makes it such a great exercise.
Although, a common error in this exercise involves rising onto the toes while descending, instead of keeping the heels firmly on the ground. Another common error is knee adduction, with the knees collapsing inwards. This can demonstrate weak glutes. Keep the knees tracking in the same line as the toes are pointing. The third common error is the torso tilting forward, an indication that the ankles are too tight or the core isn’t strong enough.
Goblet Squat Benefits
- It Teaches Proper Squat Form – The Goblet Squat is great to learn how to squat. Someone who has little experience in the weight room can be confident they’re squatting with at least decent form if they can keep the weight in contact with their sternum and stomach, and their elbows touch their knees. If not, the fixes are relatively easy, as described above.
- It’s Easy on Your Back – If Back Squats are uncomfortable, then Goblet Squats are a great option. The goblet position shifts the load to the front of the core and allows for a more upright torso position, which is easier on the spine.
- Load Goblet Squats heavily. Many people mistakenly categorize Goblet Squats as a beginner exercise and only perform them with light weight. Indeed, while it serves as an excellent teaching exercise, that doesn’t preclude the use of heavy weights.