4 Great Instructional Led Exercise Videos For Those Who Don’t Squat You’ve probably heard it before: if you want to see optimal results from your training program, you must squat. But what if you can’t squat? What if injuries prevent you from doing this exercise or you just happen to be exercising in a space that doesn’t have a squat rack set-up? Not to worry – all hope is not lost. While there’s no denying the fact that squats are a fantastic exercise to include in any workout program, there are a number of ways that you can get around not doing them if you have to. Here are four such exercises to consider. Leg Press If it’s total lower body leg power *(video) that you want to increase, the leg press should be your go-to. The nice thing about the leg press is that your back is supported, so for those who aren’t squatting because their back simply can’t take it, this is the optimal solution. With the leg press, keep in mind that where you place your feet on the foot pad of the machine will influence the nature in which this is working your body. Place the feet high up on the foot pads to hit the hamstrings to a larger degree and lower on the foot plates if you hope to emphasize the quads. Walking Lunges The next exercise to consider doing if you just can’t squat is the walking lunge *(video). Walking lunges are great for hitting the glutes, hamstrings, as well as the quads, and will even work the core muscles just like the squat would. Walking lunges are a very compound, multi-muscle exercise, so they’ll provide similar strengthening and metabolic benefits as the squat would. You can also perform walking lunges with either a set of dumbbells by your sides or a barbell placed across the back. Deadlifts For those looking to strengthen their back while building strength and power, deadlifts *(video) should be a go-to when you can’t squat. This is another lift that will allow you to utilize a heavy weight load, thus should help you get strong in a hurry. While you won’t get quite the quad activation from deadlifts as you would squats, you will definitely experience improved lower back, hamstring, and glute strength when doing heavy deadlifts on a regular basis. Glute Raises Finally, if the primary reason you want to squat is to be able to effectively hit your glute muscles, then glute raises can be the substitute to turn to. Glute raises *(video) are going to isolate the glutes to a larger degree, also working the hamstrings slightly, so are excellent for those who want to build their backside. While you won’t get much quad activation from this exercise either, as long as you ensure you do still have some quad building exercises in your routine, you should be able to sustain good overall balance in terms of the muscles being worked in the session. So keep these points in mind if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t squat but don’t want to miss out on the benefits that squats have to offer. By using these exercises, you can still get a strong and excellent looking lower body in no time. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn