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Move of the Week with Heather Chapman: Weighted Sumo Squat

There’s a new Diva of Demonstration in town: personal trainer and kinesiologist Heather Chapman! She’ll be doing our Move of the Week feature from now on: each week, Heather teaches you the proper form for an important exercise. To book a session with Heather, please call our Promenade location; to work with any of our other personal trainers, just fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch ASAP.

This week’s exercise is a total blast for your lower body. It specifically targets your glutes and inner thighs, giving you strong, lean legs.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Point your feet at a 45 degree angle.

2. Keep your pelvis slightly tucked and core engaged. Keep your shoulders square over your hips; don’t hunch!

3. Look down as you go down, and look up as your legs reach a 90 angle. Sit as low as you can manage, but don’t strain.

4. Stand up, looking up as you do.

Repeat 10x, and you’ll be well on your way to stronger legs!

EXTRA: Want to target your inner thighs even more? Once you’re done your reps, sit at a 90-degree squat and do a set of 10 heel-ups, as pictured. Your inner thighs stabilize your hips, so this is great for posture!