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How to Do

How to Do Single Leg Squat

Each single leg squat should begin with a good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.

If any pain is experienced, immediately stop this single leg squat.

Beginning

Beginning Single Leg Squat

1. Draw the abdomen inwards and contract the pelvis floor by tightening those muscles commonly used to stop the flow of urine.

2. Lift one leg off the floor and flex the elevated ankle (pointing the toes outward). Keep feet parallel beside each other.

3. Maintain level hips.

Movement

Single Leg Squat Movement

1. Grip toes in your shoes or on the floor (IF NO SHOES).

2. Begin the squat by bending the knee; keep the shoulder blades down and together.

3. As your knees bend, flex forward slightly in the spine, but keep your chest up.

4. Squat down as deep as you can with good control, maintaining heel contact with floor and watching hip and knee alignment (no pronation/rolling in of the joint).

5. Return back to starting position and repeat.

Benefits

Single Leg Squat Benefits

The squat is a fantastic exercise. It works all of the major muscles in the legs, including the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Balance, mobility, coordination, and core stability are all improved with the single-leg version.

Exercise Aliases

Single Leg Balance, 1 Legged Squat, Single Leg Balance Exercises, How To Do a Single Leg Squat.

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