This is why you should consider single leg squats. Here are the benefits of this powerful exercise!
Single leg squats will help you develop your balance, coordination and strength and will definitely help you build powerful and massive legs. Include this exercise in your training routine and the results will simply amaze you. Here are some benefits of this exercise!
1. Single Leg Squats will help you identify strength imbalances. While performing a single leg squat variation all your effort will be concentrated on one leg and this can help you identify any strength imbalances between the left leg and the right leg. Keep in mind that most people have a dominant leg, so you want to know which that is and help the other one to keep up.
2. This exercise will improve your ankle and knee stability. You’ll be forced to concentrate more on one leg and maintain the focus, because there will be no help from the other leg as it happens during double-legged squat variations. This will strengthen your joints and improve their stability and will also stabilize the muscles in your pelvis and hips.
3. Single Leg Squats will activate better the adductor and abductor muscles. It’s obvious that when you perform a single leg squat the muscles of this leg have to work harder. We’re talking specifically about the muscles that help the leg to resist movements to the left or to the right of the body: the adductor group (on the inside of the leg) and the abductor group (on the outside of the leg). These muscles will definitely grow stronger!
These are just 3 of the main benefits that single leg squats bring to the table, but there are many other amazing things that these variations can do to your body: improving your vertical jump, increasing your lower body strength and giving your spine some rest.
To perform ’em properly you have to follow these steps:
1. Stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent and your foot straight.
2. Keep your upper body straight and your head face forward.
3. Push your pelvis below and rotate your shoulders back.
4. Take a squat position and start performing the squat while trying to maintain your balance.
5. Add some weights only when you managed to develop a good balance and coordination.