We. Love. Squats. Period.
This functional move makes its way into your normal, day-to-day activities. And it can help you get a tighter booty and sculpted legs. So why not get really, really good at doing them? We’ve got 9 fat-torching squat variations you ought to try, from basic to more advanced. Don’t stop here, though. Add heavier weights, if you like. Play around with reps and sets to keep your leg day more challenging.
But make sure you know how to do a basic squat properly. Or else it won’t be effective, and so what’s the point? Here’s your how-to:
- Place your feet shoulder-width apart or slightly wider. Extend your hands straight out in front of you to help keep your balance. You can also bend the elbows or clasp the fingers.
- Sit back and down like you’re sitting into a chair. Keep your head facing forward as your upper body bends forward a bit. Keep your back from rounding. It should be straight.
- Lower down so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, with your knees over your ankles. Press your weight back into your heels.
- Keep your body tight, and push through your heels to bring yourself back to the starting position.
Stacy Julien is editor in-chief of Crush Magazine, and CEO of Fit With Stacy J. Follow her on Instagram @stacyjs_fitlife.