Single Leg Squat

Equipment
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BODY PART

Purpose

The single leg squat strengthens your quadriceps and glutes to facilitate an improved ability to perform functional activities like standing up from and sitting down in a chair, squatting, and climbing stairs. Increased strength of your lower body muscles also helps to decrease your risk of falls. This exercise also improves your balance since it requires you to maintain a single leg position throughout the exercise.

Set up

Begin standing on one foot.

Movement

Breathe in as you bend your standing hip and knee as if you are going to sit down in a chair. Your goal should be to bend your knee to almost 90 degrees. Breathe out as you return back up to the starting position.

Tips

  • Make sure your knee stays over your toes. Do not allow your knee to move inward or outward in relationship to your toes.
  • Do not allow your knee to move in front of your toes. If you notice you have a tendency to do this, think about putting more of your weight through your heel and sitting back as if you are going to sit down on a chair.
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