3 Types Of Squats You Have Not Been Doing, But Should

We all know you gotta do squats to have a great butt. But did you know that certain variations of the squat can tone your inner thighs, build your glutes more, and slim your quads? Most people only do the traditional squat and think they’re good, when actually they’re really missing out on some other great benefits that different squats offer.

1. The Sumo Squat

how to do a sumo squatThis exercise does an amazing job toning your inner thighs while activating your glutes. This is my new favorite exercise because I’ve gotten the best results from it!

I recommend using a 20lb to 25lb dumbbell, or a 45lb barbell held with arms straight down. Remember your knees should always be lined up with your toes to prevent knee injury.  Do 3 sets of 15-20.

 

 

 

2. The Split Squat

how to do a split squat

The split squat also really engages your glutes in ways that the regular squat does not because it’s a unilateral exercise. This means it works one side at a time, making your backside proportioned and well rounded.

Go as low as you comfortably can, using a 5lb to 15lb dumbbell on each side. Do 3 sets of 15.

 

 

 

3. The Front Squat

how to do a front squathow to do a front squat The front squat is an exercise not many people know about, but it’s great for your quads. If you’re trying to build them, these are your new best friend! If you want to just tone and define your thighs, use a lighter weight (like the 10lb or 20lb barbell shown) with 3 sets of 20-25. Make sure you position the bar on your anterior deltoids as shown, and follow the tips in the picture. Remember to always keep your knees behind your toes when doing any squat!

Have fun incorporating these exercises into your workouts! Good luck, and enjoy the benefits afterwards!

For more lower body exercises that really work, check out the Workouts page and The Best Lower Body Exercise For Women!

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Results Are In!

I’m about 3 weeks into Flavia Del Monte’s program Curvalicious Fitness and let me tell you. Wow. I have never been so glad I bought something before!

I have been weight training for the past two years now, and started to plateau after a year or so. I have always had a problem with how bulky my thighs were, how my shoulders weren’t built enough, and how my butt was shaped. I would do squats on squats on squats and find that they only built my legs more and my butt wasn’t growing enough to compensate! It was so frustrating.

First I thought I wasn’t doing enough cardio, so I would do long and steady jogging, intervals, I would try different machines, but nothing was giving me the real results I wanted.

Next I blamed genetics. My mom has the same kind of lower half as I naturally had, so I thought thin thighs and a bubble butt was out of the question for me.

Finally I bought Curvalicious Fitness. Honestly, I didn’t really believe anything would change for me, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. What I realized was that I had been working my legs out like a male would, training for bulk, instead of how a female should, aiming to tone thighs and build glutes. (Duh! Can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before!) Why would you use heavy weights on muscles you want to tone and areas you just want to lose fat from? I had always thought that less weight = less results, when now I see that you have to know when to have less weight and when to have more.

This is what I learned:

  1. Split leg/butt day into 2 days. Make one day a quads and calves day, and the other glutes and hamstrings.
  2. On quads/calves day, use lighter weights with an emphasis on plyometrics
  3. On glutes/hamstrings day, use heavy weights with only some plyometrics
  4. Always do circuits (especially for lower body workouts. It burns more fat and calories)

Since glutes and hamstrings are slow-twitch muscles, they respond better to heavy weights. For our quads, however, we don’t necessarily want them so built (unless you naturally have really thin thighs and want them bigger), so we use lighter weight combined with plyometrics (i.e. anything like box jumps, squat jumps, Russian hops, etc.)

After following this program for a week, I measured the widest part of my thighs to track my progress. I am happy to announce that barely two weeks later, that measurement dropped half an inch! Now that may not seem like too much to you, but for me that is a milestone! I can already tell they look more shapely and toned, and I still haven’t done a FULL workout all the way through, so I still have room to improve.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear below a time you reached a milestone goal, no matter how small, and what changes you made to get there!

For some of the workouts I have been doing, here is Better Than The Brazilian Butt Lift.

And for those lean thighs that will soon be yours…

Better Than The Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt Lift

I know the popular hype these days says “all you have to do for a nice ass is squat,” but actually there’s a lot more to it than that. Squats do wonders for your butt and quads, and burn a ton of calories, but they only target one of the main muscles in the glutes, leaving the others less attended to. This can lead to your butt not being very perky on top, and lacking the full roundness on the sides. This workout incorporates many of the necessary exercises to target all the different muscles in your butt, so that it’s round, perky, and shapely. Fitness model Flavia’s trainer, Ryan Watson, explains a lot of the reasons why he has her do these exercises to explain this subject in further detail.

This workout is better than the Brazilian butt lift since it correctly uses heavy weight on the slow-twitch muscles of the glutes, and adds some plyometric movement for the fast-twitch muscles. This helps you lift your glutes and build them, while burning fat! Talk about killing three birds with one stone!

Want to keep working on your booty getting that booty round? Click here!