Leg Day Exercises To Do Instead Of Squats

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Sometimes you just don’t feel like squatting. Maybe you are having a weaker day, or you feel a little stiff, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip leg day completely. There are so many alternative exercises to squats that you can do that work just as well and target all the same muscles.

Banded Lateral Walks

Place a mini resistance band above both knees and stand with your feet together with your hips back and knees bent. Step your left foot out to the side, followed by your right, and keep going for 5-6 steps, making sure you stay low and then come back the other way. Do this 4/5 times.

Staggered Stance Deadlift

Stand with one leg behind the other, the back heel should be off the ground, and take a kettlebell in one hand in front of your thighs. Push your hips back as you hinge the upper body forward, lowering the kettlebell down and keeping your back straight. Once you reach 90 degrees return to the start position. Do 10-12 reps on each side.

Good Morning Exercise

Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and put the band underneath your feet and wrapped around your shoulders. Keeping the knees slightly bent and the back straight, push the hips back and the upper body forward, parallel to the floor. Feel the stretch in the hamstrings and come back up to start. Do 10-12 reps.