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Quads & Glutes
Quads & Glutes
- Front Squat (goblet squat if you don’t have a barbell) – 14,12,10,8,6 reps
- Sumo Squat (hold dumbbell between legs if you don’t have a barbell) – 14,12,10,8,6 reps
- Walking Lunges (hold dumbbells) – 10 reps each leg – 4 sets
- Goblet Pulse Squat – 8 reps – 4 sets
- Elevated Static Lunge – 10 reps each leg – 4 sets
When holding the barbell, you want to make sure your fingers are under the bar, your elbows are out and you are holding it against your chest. If this is uncomfortable for you, you can also hold dumbbells or weight plate. Set your feet about shoulder width apart with your toes slightly pointed out. When squatting down your knees should be following your toes, slightly out and not caving in. It’s important to keep your chest up during the squat and not letting the weight pull you forward.
Position your feet in a wide stance a few inches outside your shoulders with your toes pointed slight outward, doing this will help force your knees out. You never want your knees to be caving in at any time, you also don’t want your knees coming over your toes. Sit back into your heels as you squat down. Brace your core and keep your chest up with your chin tucked, this will help keep your spine in aline and keep your back from arching. When placing the bar on your back you want to put it across your traps and shoulders, making sure you are in the center of the bar with your hands evenly placed on each side.
Step out so your knee is bent in a 90 degree angle, your back knee should be in about a 90 degree angle as well. Push up through your front heel bring your back leg up. Repeat with the other leg. Make sure your are keeping your core tight and your torso up straight.
Goblet Pulse Squat
Stand the dumbbell up on its side and position your heels together on top of it. (you can also use a weight plate or wedge if that’s more comfortable) Position the other dumbbell in your palms comfortably and hold it close to your chest under your chin. Keep your chest up and your torso upright. Make sure you are pushing your knees out and not letting them cave in, I point my toes slightly out to help this. If you have never done this exercise before, don’t hold the weight until you feel comfortable. Adding a “pulse” here means before you come all the way up out of the squat, you are going to go back down after your get about half way up then al the way up and repeat.
Elevated Static Lunge