The Side Split Squat

Make the side split squat, a martial arts favorite, a regular part of your leg workouts and watch your strength and flexibility skyrocket. Twelve to 20 reps will do the trick. Count one rep each time you shift to the opposite side. Do multiple sets or mix-in a single set with other leg work.

Beginners may have trouble at first with strength and balance. That’s to be expected. But practice it two or three times per week, just as it is demonstrated in the video, and soon you’ll be in the full down position and shifting side-to-side.

Want to make it tougher? Hold a kettlebell or dumbbell with both hands at your chest.

With or without holding a weight, do not bend forward. Keep your back straight. Breathe naturally and often.

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