#30DaysToStrongerKnees Day 5: Split Squat

Five days in and I hope you are feeling it in your glutes and enjoying the break you are giving to your knees! This movement is called a split squat because you are splitting your squat into single leg motions. This exercise is going to incorporate balance so if you know balance is an issue for you, I would do this exercise next to a wall or something you can balance on!

Start this exercise standing with your feet together. With a very wide back step, lunge one leg backwards. Your goal with this is to have enough space to sink your hips down while keeping them square. Slowly lower your body until you reach a 90degree angle with both your front and back leg. At the bottom, make sure your weight is in the heel of the front foot as you push through it and return to standing.

Focus on maintaining your balance, keeping your weight in your heel, and keeping your core tight. Starting out, I would do 3 sets of 20 reps alternating legs. This movement has endless variations so making sure you understand the movement and focus on training your motor control is crucial to future success and keeping pressure out of your knees.

Make sure you post your video daily to the Balance In Motion Facebook Page or tag me in your Instagram or Twitter post using my handle and the hashtag #30DaysToStrongerKnees

If you’re uncomfortable posting a video, you can always post a motivational quote, picture, or something health and fitness related.Make sure to encourage others, and never, never judge! Again, this is a judgement free zone!

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