Everyone knows that squats are great for lower-body toning. Yet for many, the classic “butt firmer” is too difficult. Fortunately, there are some moves that deliver similar results, without the unmanageable challenges.
Why You May Be “Squat Averse”
Whether you’re dreading bathing suit season, or just trying to build leg strength, squats often reign supreme for thigh and butt toning.
If you have inner ear issues or depth perception problems, however, your balance may be too “wonky” to handle a classic squat. Injuries can also render squats painful, with problems such as pinched back nerves, strained hip or pelvis issues, along with torn knee cartilage, making bending to squat painful.
When you have balance concerns, starting off on the floor means there’s nowhere to fall! For other moves, a chair can offer support while also easing strain on your back or knees — all while firming that backside!
- “Crab walk” by starting from a sitting position — arms behind you on the floor, knees bent with feet flat on the floor, and butt raised. Move forwards and backwards while raised off the ground like this. Crab-walking is also great for upper-arm toning.
- Lie on the floor with your feet propped on a stability ball, for a Swiss hamstring curl. Lift your backside so that your lower body is at a 45-degree angle from feet to hips, then use your heels to work the ball closer to you so that your knees are bent, your back is off the floor and your shoulders are pressed into the floor. Hold that position, roll the ball back, and repeat up to 20 times.
- The lateral walk requires you to stand, but without bending, so you don’t have to worry about tipping over, or back strain. Put a resistance band around your lower legs, then simply walk from side to side.
- The chair squat is similar to a regular squat, but offers a bit more support. Start from a standing position with your legs at hip width and arms in front of you, palms facing each other. Sit down lightly in a chair, hold the pose for a moment, then stand again. Repeat as many times as you can manage.