One of the most controversial lower body exercises is the squat. Pro athletes, bodybuilders, weightlifters and powerlifters are often famously recorded completing this exercise with excessive barbell weight. One Life Health & Wellness in Kelowna has some great squat alternatives if you find the traditional squat isn’t your jam.
Some reasons clients detest squats include how simple it is for things to go wrong right off the top. Placing a loaded barbell in line with your vertebrae and lifting with the wrong technique is a recipe for disaster.
Many clients avoid squats due to:
- Knee issues
- Back pain
- Affect overall athletic performance
- Spinal compression
- Hip issues
Thankfully, there is a multitude of ways you can strengthen and tone your glutes, quads, hamstrings and gastrocnemius muscles to develop that svelte, toned lower body you crave. OneLife has the Kelowna personal trainers to help you customize a personalized workout to suit your activity and strength levels.
Protecting Your Spine and Central Nervous System
Toning your lower body requires dedication, repetition and proper technique to see results and avoid injury. Our team is happy to help you with any rehabilitation exercises or one-on-one personal fitness training to deliver the results you desire safely and effectively. As your spine’s main job is to stabilize your entire body, it is vital to avoid extreme jarring motions that can lead to a host of issues if the traditional back squat is performed improperly.
Great Squat Alternative Exercises To Try
We have a wide variety of squat alternatives that will deliver the isolated muscle toning you are seeking, without having to hold a gigantic barbell over your head.
Some of our faves that you can incorporate on your next leg day include:
- Glute Bridges
- Romanian Deadlift
- Banded Hip Drive
- Donkey Kicks
- Reverse Lunges
- Banded Lateral Walk
- Single-Leg Deadlift
- Bulgarian Split Squat
- Single-Leg Glute Bridge and MANY more
Why Squat Alternatives Are Effective
These squat alternatives exercises combine the muscles in your hips, gluteals, knees, hamstrings, quadriceps, gastrocnemius and feet to concentrate energy within these muscle groups. Trade-in your barbell for kettlebells, resistance bands or medicine balls to add some extra oomph to your lower body workout.
Perfect Technique Before Adding Weight
It can be tempting to think that fewer reps with increased weight will provide the results you crave; however, this is almost a guaranteed way to undergo an injury. One Life Health & Wellness can walk you through each move step-by-step to ensure that you are working out safely and effectively.
Listen To Your Body
Especially during this germy time of year, it is essential to listen to your body and your energy levels. Trying to push your workouts to the max so that you can squeeze into your New Year’s outfit is fine if you are feeling well. However, darker days and colder temperatures send many of us into hibernation mode.
If you are feeling a bit more sleepy or sluggish than usual, take an extra day for recovery instead. Spreading germs and feeling lousy will only end up keeping you away from your holiday gatherings in the long run.
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Stop by our Spedding Court location in central Kelowna to discover all the benefits of becoming a member with us! We look forward to sweating alongside with you soon!