Today’s Workout: Skater Squat challenges balance
Everyone needs a little fitness in their life.
And once you commit to a regimen, it’s an ongoing commitment to stay on track and constantly find variations to keep things fresh and relevant. No matter what part of the body you are working, change is good from time to time.
Our move today is a Skater Squat. All you need for this move is possibly a set of light hand weights for a little added resistance.
This move is working your lower body and also challenging your balance.
Begin this exercise by standing tall, holding your chest up and engaging your abdominals. Shifting your weight to one leg, lift and bend your free leg slightly behind you. Finding your balance, proceed to bend in your standing leg, creating a position as if you are “skating” and “pushing off for speed.”
This squat is slightly different than a one leg squat because you are holding the free leg behind you. The idea is to take this squat as low as you can go, bringing your free knee as close to the floor as possible. Once you reach your lowest squatting position, slowly press yourself back up to a standing position.
Shoot for at least five to 10 skater squats on one leg, then repeat on the opposite leg.
If your balance becomes compromised, or you reach fatigue a little quicker than expected, simply place your hand on a ledge or hold a broom stick for added support.
This exercise is great as a warm-up for a lower body routine, or good on its own. Nonetheless, change is good and keeps those muscles working.
Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at email@example.com.