Benefits:

  • The Sumo Squat relies on the glute complex for stabilisation.
  • This position is particularly good for strengthening your core as it de-stabilizes the body in the front and rear plane.
  • Unlike a standard squat, the Sumo engages more of the hamstring complex.
  • It’s also an ideal starting point for any standing abdominal work.

Get Set:

  • Take a wide standing position then turn the feet outwards, as much as you can without losing your balance.
  • Lower yourself into a squat - ideally, until your hips are in line with both knees.
  • In the optimal position, you should feel like you’re about to topple backwards!

Progressions

  • If you want to include your calf muscles, once you’re in the right position, try lifting your heels and transferring your weight to the ball of both feet.