Single leg squat
- Begin by standing in front of a chair. Transfer your weight on to your left foot. Try to press all of your toes and your heel evenly into the floor to have a strong base.
- Try to keep your right leg extended straight out in front of you.
- Inhale as you gently lower your hips to the chair by bending your left leg. You can extend the arms in front of you as a counter balance.
- Exhale as you begin to stand back up on the left leg.
- Engage the core muscles throughout the exercise to stabilise the body.
- Repeat the exercise on the right leg.
Top tip: Try to control the movement on the way down - don’t just ‘lump’ down into the chair.
- Single leg squats develop strength in the muscles of the lower body
- Single leg squats are a functional exercise that challenges our stability and balance
- They also strengthen the core muscles and help to improve balance
- They’re a great exercise to do anywhere!
Make it easier:
If you are struggling control your squat on the way down, place a cushion or two on the chair to raise the height of it. As you improve you can take away the extra height.
Make it harder:
To make this exercise a bit more difficult try preforming the squat without the chair. If this seems like a bit of a jump, try just tapping the chair on the way down and standing straight back up, without fully sitting down. You can also increase the range of motion by going a bit lower (try a stool or similar).