Squat Variations You Need to Try
Jayanagar, Bengaluru Feb 21, 2018
Main Move: Body-Weight Squat
Stand straight with your feet shoulder wide apart. Lower your body as much as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Remain in that position for some time and then push yourself back to the starting position.
Body-Weight Jump Squat
Place your fingers on the back of your head and pull your elbows back so that they are in line with your body. Dip your knees in preparation to leap and jump as high as you can. When you land, immediately squat down and jump again.
Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then your body back to the starting position.
Wide-Stance Barbell Squat
Hold the bar across your upper back with an overhand grip and perform a squat with your feet set at twice shoulder width.
Barbell Stiff Squat
Hold the bar across your upper back with overhand grip. Before starting squat, raise your heels as high as you can and hold them that way for the entire lift.
Hold a weight plate in front of your chest with both hands, your arms completely straight. Perform a squat while holding the weight in place.
Dumbbell Split Squat
Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, your palms facing each other. Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right. Slowly lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push yourself back up to the starting position as quickly as you can. Switch legs and repeat.
Hold a dumbbell vertically next to your chest, with both hands cupping the dumbbell head. Brace your abs, and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Remain in that position for some time and then push yourself back to the starting position.