Having trouble adding weight to your squats? Don’t automatically blame weak quads. That’s because the tiny stabilising muscles in your glutes and hips could be what’s limiting your strength gains, say scientists at the University of Kentucky. Shore up your weaknesses with the single-leg squat, which forces these muscles to work overtime. To try it, use the directions below:
1. Stand on your left leg with your arms extended and hold your right leg straight out in front of you.
2. Keeping your torso as upright as possible, push your hips back, bend your left knee, and lower your body as deep as you can.
3. Then press back up to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps, resting 2 minutes between sets. Switch legs and repeat.
Photography by Beth Bischoff
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