There's nothing like having an incredible set of legs to supercharge self-confidence. And there's nothing like squats to tone every muscle from your hips down! This do-anywhere-anytime exercise uses both your quad and gluteal muscles to power you back up to a standing position, and targets different parts of the thigh and leg. But not all squats, however, are created equal. Upgrade your squat game with these simple variations. They are an easy addition to your current walking routine, or great for a 10-minute burst after your usual cardio routine at the gym.
- To target the inner thighs, with a ‘sumo’ or ‘wide leg’ squat with your hips and knees externally rotated, feet wide. Squat low until you feel the inner thigh muscles stretch under load.
- Amp up the toning power of your basic squat by having your feet in a narrow position or ‘shoulder width’, which takes greater core control and really fires up the muscles around the knees to tone the lower and mid-thigh area.
- For a wall squat, slide down against a wall to a 90-degree angle at the knee and hip, so feet are in line with the knees and your back is tight against the wall. With this back support, you can stay in the position for longer and take the muscles in the thighs to their maximum. Try three sets of one-minute wall squats.