If your workout routine doesn’t involve squats, are you even ‘working it’? Squats are considered as the staple for our fitness journey: the roti to our saalan and the doodh to our patti, if that makes any sense. They are absolutely remarkable for our glutes when it comes to toning that butt and pushing all that fat to all of its right corners. But why stick to the boring old basics when you can spice up your squat game a bit? Here are 5 ways to do squats, kicking off with the very basic of course.
The Basic Body Weight Squats
With absolutely no exercise gear involved, this is the ‘parent squat’. Simply get into the fundamental squat frame, feet hip-width separated (or shoulder width if you want to increase the intensity). You can keep both hands clasped together right ahead of you or stretched straight, up to you completely. Hunch down to where your knees achieve a 90-degree point and after that endeavor to keep up the weight through the soles of your feet as you propel yourself go down to begin. Make sure to that you aren’t leaning forward and that your back is as straight as possible.
Single Leg Pistol Squats
This is another kind of squat that engages one leg only. As you lower your body down, you lift one leg off the ground and stretch straight ahead, balancing on yourself on the other before you lift yourself back up into the starting position. Repeat this by switching to the other leg.
Can be done with and without weights, try this if you are up for a challenge with your glutes because this one is guaranteed to leave you burning. Standing with your feet shoulder length apart and getting into the fundamental squat frame achieve the base of the squat. What makes the pulse squat different from other kinds is the fact that rather than returning up the distance completely, you just come most of the way up almost just halfway, and after that, you go back down into the squat.
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A lot of times, split squats are confused with lunges and that’s because yes, for both of them you have to begin with one leg stepped out in front of you while the other one is at the back of you. The leg at the back is not bought into any sort of action during a split squat, the entire engagement is the front leg as you lower yourself down into a 90-degree angle and get back up. Repeat with the other leg.
Increasing in intensity and giving your body a whole new level of challenge, this variation in squats uses barbells and should be done under the supervision of a coach in a gym setting. Also, not for those who are beginners, you will only end up hurting yourself. With both feet hip-width apart and back straight, you basically place the barbell on your shoulders (not your neck) and squat down. Lift back up and use your heels to their best potential through it all.