The Benefits of Sissy Squats

From Pilates to traditional strength training, squats appear in nearly every workout. Squats are great for strengthening the muscles in your legs, especially the quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings. Sissy squats are one of the best ways to work your quadriceps (also known as your thighs) and one of the most popular.

Sissy squats offer many benefits

Sissy squats don’t feel like traditional squats because you’re not pushing your hips backwards like you’re sitting in a chair. Then, lower your knees out in front of you instead of hunching at the hips.

Although they’re not recommended for total beginners, they’re so worth the effort. Sissy squats are an excellent addition to your strength routine because they isolate your quadriceps and also strengthen your hips, knees, and core. Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Sissy squats: how to do them

When I told you that the sissy squat demands focus and isn’t recommended for beginners, remember? My sincere apologies. It is recommended that you try this exercise for the first time with the assistance of a professional (a sports performance expert, a physical therapist, or a certified personal trainer). For extra support, you can hold two PVC pipes or workout bars arms-distance apart in front of you. You do not need any weights for this movement.

Holding a tall posture, place your feet at hip-width distances. Engage your core and glutes.

  1. Raised up onto your toes with complete control, maintain full hip extension (create a straight line from your torso to your feet). Holding on to PVC pipes or other stick-like items in front of your body is another option to support your arms.
  2. Squat down while keeping your upper body tall and driving your knees forward. As you lower yourself to the ground, make sure to keep your heels elevated.
  3. Maintain proper form as you lower down.
  4. Then, return to the starting position by lowering your heels to the ground.
  5. One rep counts as one set. Do three sets of six reps.

Need a squat refresher? Watch the following video to learn how to do a traditional squat, the right way: 

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