You NEED to Try These Squat Variations

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MAIN MOVE: BODY-WEIGHT SQUAT
First, here’s how to do a basic body-weight squat.
Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread shoulder-width apart. (A) Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position. (B)

 

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BODY-WEIGHT JUMP SQUAT
Place your fingers on the back of your head and pull your elbows back so that they’re in line with your body. (A) Dip your knees in preparation to leap. (B) Explosively jump as high as you can. When you land, immediately squat down and jump again. (C)

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PISTOL SQUATS
Place your fingers on the back of your head and pull your elbows back so that they’re in line with your body. (A) Dip your knees in preparation to leap. (B) Explosively jump as high as you can. When you land, immediately squat down and jump again. (C)

 

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WIDE-STANCE BARBELL SQUATS
Hold the bar across your upper back with an overhand grip. (A) Perform a squat with your feet set at twice shoulder width. (B)

 

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BARBELL SIFF 
Hold the bar across your upper back with an overhand grip. Before you squat, raise your heels as high as you can (A) and hold them that way for the entire lift. (B)

 

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BRACED 
Hold a weight plate in front of your chest with both hands, your arms completely straight. (A) Perform a squat while holding the weight in place. (B)

 

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DUMBBELL SPLIT 
Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, your palms facing each other. Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right. (A) Slowly lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push yourself back up to the starting position as quickly as you can. (B) Switch legs and repeat.

 

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GOBLET 
Hold a dumbbell vertically next to your chest, with both hands cupping the dumbbell head. (Imagine that it’s a heavy goblet.) (A) Brace your abs, and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. (B) Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position.

 

 

source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/