Drop it Like a Squat

Who loves squatting as much as we do? Okay, so we don’t always love doing them but we absolutely love the results. Squats work the entire lower body, specifically the quads, hamstrings and glutes. There’s many squat variations that are effective for any fitness level. Here are a few of our favorite.

1. Back squats -The main muscle worked in back squats is your quadriceps. Place a barbell across the top of your back with a hip-width stance. Lower down keeping your torso upright and push through your heel to extend back to a standing position.

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2. Jump squats – Jump squats use the same form as a back squat, but the upward (concentric) motion is an explosive upward jump. These can be done with your own body weight or with the TRX.

3. Sumo Squats – Start with a slightly wider than hip-width stance with your feet slightly turned out. Hold a dumbell or kettlebell in both hands slightly above the ground. Lower down keeping your spine neutral and return to standing position. Sumo squats work your inner thigh adductors and challenge your balance.

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4. Globlet squats – Start by holding a kettlebell by the top handle close to your chest. Squat down until your hamstring touches your calves and return to standing position.

5. Squat jacks – Lower into a tradition squat. Jump your legs together and back out while keeping the body lowered into a squat position.

If your new to doing squats or want to focus on your form, it helps to start by using a stability ball up against a wall, sliding it down the wall as you squat. Squats are great to incorporate on leg day or mix into a full body circuit. Let’s squat it out!

– A & M –

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