Tighten up that backside
with this foundation move!
Targeting your core and your lower body, this move is a great way to bump up the intensity of a traditional squat according to Meredith Chiapello, who leads the personal training department here at The Women's Club. She cites this exercise for women as a way to kick things up a notch by modifying a move that most people already know.
Let's get started!
1. Begin by bending your elbows and clasping your hands in front of you as you bend your knees and assume the squat position.
2. Step your left foot out to the left side, keeping your core engaged and maintaining the squat position.
3. Then follow with your right foot and place it directly next to your left foot.
4. Continue moving yourself across the room in this fashion. Once you reach the other side, switch directions and travel to the right, leading with your right foot. Move slowly and stay controlled.
Chiapello says this move is effective because it works several muscle groups simultaneously. "This movement will increase your heart rate AND target your thighs, backside, legs, and midsection all at the same time."