Squat Progression 2 – Single Leg Squat
Now for some real fun, here is the single leg squat. This is a much less common exercise but for those of you who want something more, this is for you.
The obvious strength component aside, the real challenge here is maintaining posture and control, and ultimately balance during descent and ascent. Ideally you should be able to do this without equipment as shown in the picture to the right. But there’s also a few ways you can make this easier when you first start.
A light dumbbell in each hand can act as a counterweight to your trunk, which allows for better balance during the move. Another trick is to use a box as we’ve done in the video, this allows your straight leg to dip below horizontal and not hit the ground as you descend, effectively allowing you to concentrate more on your weight bearing leg for better control.
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