Single Leg Squats

A lot of people think that body weight training does not offer enough of a challenge when it comes to training the legs and the lower body. To those people, you can say three simple words: single leg squats.

Single leg squats are one of the most challenging lower body exercises you can ever do. It doesn’t matter if you are 250 lbs. and squat 500 lbs., they will still challenge you.

Performing them is simple, but not easy. This article will detail how to do single leg squats, and a special tip for making them even tougher.

How To Do Single Leg Squats

Setting up for basic single leg squats is very simple. All you do is stand up tall, pull your shoulders back, and look forward. Next, pull one leg off the ground by pull your heel toward your butt until your shin is parallel to the ground.

Now squat down, keeping your back straight and your eyes forward, and touch the ground with both fingertips.

Now return yourself to the starting position. In between squats, do not allow your foot to return to the ground! Keep your balance on the one leg.

Perform an entire set with one leg, then switch. This exercise will not only challenge your musclular strength and endurance as regular squats do, but they will also challenge your balance and your core strength.

Adding An Extra Challenge To Single Leg Squats

If you want to make your single leg squats even tougher, then it’s time to take off your shoes!

That’s right, get barefoot—you will also need a pillow. If you’re thinking this sounds crazy, hold on for a second, it’s about to get good!

Stand on the pillow in your barefeet, and perform the single leg squat just as described above. This simple variation will challenge the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your feet, ankle, and even your toes.

Adding in single leg squats to your workout is a huge step. Make sure you are ready! Don’t add them in until you can perform at least 50 standard bodyweight squats with no problem.

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