Leg Exercises: Squat – Wide Stance – Parallel Depth

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Leg Exercises: Squat – Wide Stance – Parallel Depth

This move may sound complicated, but once you try it, it will soon become one of your favorites.

How to do the move

Stand with feet wider than your shoulders and toes pointed out at the same angle as your knees. Squat back until your thighs are parallel to the floor then return to standing 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.

Stepping out wider than shoulder width provides superior glute activation which means you’ll really be giving your backside a workout. The wider stance also give you more mobility in your hips and ankles which allows you to complete the move with less strain on your knees and back. So, if you’ve been avoiding squats because of knee or back problems, this variation might just be what you’ve been looking for.

How to use this move

This is a great power 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!

To increase the intensity of this move, add some weight using a sandbag.

Get the equipment

Add weight with my favorite, the Ultimate Sandbag.

 

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Pamela Bruesehoff

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