6 Squat Variations You Have to Try

When it comes to figuring out your workout routine, there are a handful of “no brainer” choices. Regardless of age, sex or fitness goal, you usually include fundamental movements like push-ups, pull-ups, torso rotations and—for the lower body—squats.

Squats are the one of the most effective ways to work the lower body, but how do you keep this fundamental movement from getting monotonous session after session?

Try implementing these three effective alternatives: Kettlebell variations, changing the load and tool or opting for single leg exercises instead of using both legs. For these three suggestions, there are two variations of each below.

Next time you’re a bit bored with your regular squat routine, give one of these alternatives a try and watch your lower body take shape.

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About the Author

Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC

Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is a fitness professional and the founder of DB Strength in San Diego. He is also the head strength and conditioning coach for Alliance Training Center where he works with many top professional MMA athletes. Visit www.dbstrength.com for more information.

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