The Barbell Squat Start by holding a barbell supported by the shoulder on the top of your traps, stand with your feet hip-distance apart and the feet slightly turned out. Keep your chest up and head facing forward as you slowly lower down. Be sure to keep the knees aligned with the feet, and the weight in the heels. Once the upper legs contact the lower legs push up and drive the weight up to the starting position. Repeat for desired number of reps.