We’ve talked about this before, but squats are amazing .
No, seriously. They’re one of the most effective exercises you can possibly do for your body.
They tone your calves,thighs, and butt, getting them to look as good as possible as quickly as possible. They also tighten your core, giving you flat perfect abs to accompany your perfect butt.
What more could you want?
Well, as it turns out, a lot. There are many variations you can add to a squat to make them even more effective.
Here are 7 of the most effective squat variations (1) to get you looking your best as quickly as possible.
1. The Normal Body Weight Squat
Well, we’re going to start off with the basics, right?
This is how you do a normal squat – stand up straight with your feet shoulder width apart, then lower yourself to the ground as far as you can go by bending your knees while you’re pushing your hips back. Wait a beat at the lowest you can go, then slowly push back up to where you started (2).
2. Jump Squat
This one adds a little more oomph to the workout. Put your hands on the back of your head so that your fingers intertwine, then pull your elbows back so that they’re lined up with your body.
Then, bend your knees like you’re about to leap up – which you are. Jump as high as you can, and when you land bend down into a squat position before exploding upwards and jumping again (3).
3. One Leg Power Squat
This one is a bit tougher – but also crazily effective. Keep your arms straight out in front of you parallel to the floor, right at your shoulders.
Next, take your left leg and lift it off the ground, keeping your heel closer to the ground than your toe, and hold it there.
Do a normal squat where you push your hips back and get as low as you can, keeping your left foot off the ground. Pause at the bottom then