Squats are one of the best exercises for full body strength. As our core stabilizes, our upper body holds the weight and our lower body controls both the descent of the weight and pushes through the return back into a standing position. This full body exercise is a beneficial addition to any workout routine. How do we ensure a pain-free squat? Without a one-on-one consultation with a staff trainer, it’s impossible to identify an exact cause of pain. The anatomical differences between you and a fellow exerciser out-number the variations of squats, and that’s saying a lot! However, here are five tips that may help the next time you squat to make sure it’s pain free. Avoid overly wide stances.