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Lateral Squat

A Quick Guide to Lateral Squats

also known as

  • Side Squat
  • Cossack squat

purpose and benefits

A lateral squat is a lower body exercise that targets the muscles in your legs, particularly the glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. It is a functional movement that mimics everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, and getting out of a chair or car. The primary purpose of the lateral squat is to improve lower body strength, stability, and flexibility.

primary muscles used

  • Gluteus maximus (buttocks)
  • Quadriceps (front of thighs)
  • Hip adductors (inner thighs)

secondary muscles used

  • Hamstrings (back of thighs)
  • Calves
  • Core (lower back and abdominals)

How to do Lateral Squats

Step-by-step instructions for performing a lateral squat:

  1. Re-Do.
  2. Use the muscles in your outer glutes to keep your knees from collapsing inward. Your knees should stay in line with your toes to avoid strain on the knee joint. 

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    • Bodyweight
    • Dumbbells
    • Barbell