Squat Variations to Pump Up Your Legs


Squats are all the rage right now-and for good reason. Squats can help to tone your hamstrings, glutes, and quads amazingly well. Not only will these areas be stronger when you do squats regularly, squats will also help to shape these areas. No flat butts or skinny legs when you do squats regularly these areas will be lean but fit and healthy. The following are a few squat variations that can help you keep it fresh and up the ante on your squat game.

Squat Pulses

To do squat pulses, drop low as you would for a standard squat. Then, instead of standing up right away, stay in the lowest part of the squat and move up and down a few inches. The motion takes some endurance and will build strength faster than regular squats.

Chair Squat on Toes

Standing with your feet and legs together, raise your arms in front of you until they are parallel to the ground. Come up into a tip-toe position and find your balance. Hold the pose for a few seconds to stabilize, then lower down until your bottom almost touches the ground-while still on your toes. Rise back up to standing, and then lower your heels. This is great for the calves.

Eagle Squat

Begin by standing with your legs together. Lift your right leg up into the air and bring it over your left leg, wrapping your leg and tucking your toes behind. Bring your arms up in the air and use a swinging momentum to wrap the right arm underneath the left elbow and around the left forearm. Bring your palms together in front of your face and squat as low as you can. Hold the pose for about 30 seconds, or as long as you can. Repeat on the opposite side.

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