Leg Exercises: Front Squat

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Leg Exercises: Front SquatOne of the best butt and leg exercises is also the most widely known… the squat. The reason this version is called a front squat is because you will hold weights in front of your body as you do the move to provide extra challenge. (A back squat would be the same movement but with the weight held on your shoulders as you do the move.)

How to do the move

Stand with feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed forward holding either a kettlebell, Ultimate Sandbag, or dumbbells at shoulder height. Hinge at the hips and sit back like you’re sitting in a chair. Keep your core tight and your back neutral. Squat as deep as you can then return to the starting position.

Muscles that benefit

The main muscles that this move works are the quadriceps, calves, adductors, erector spinae, glutes, and calves. Secondary muscles worked are the core and hamstrings.

How to use this move

This is a great move to add to either a standard strength training routine, or even a HIIT routine. If you’re looking to tone up your backside and legs, this is the move you want! It’s simple, uncomplicated, and a long-time go-to move for a reason… it works.

Get the equipment

Add weight with a kettlebellUltimate Sandbag, or dumbbells. Simply hold the weight in front of your body at shoulder height.

 

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