Fitness

The Biggest Mistakes We See In This Everyday Exercise

Split Squats can be a powerful exercise in our fitness wheelhouse so long as we perform them correctly. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves doing this exercise incorrectly leaving us open to injury as well as not seeing the full effects of the movements.

Split squats offer several benefits:

Leg Strength: They primarily target the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, helping to build strength in these major lower body muscle groups. This strength is vital for activities like running, jumping, and lifting.

Balance and Stability: Since split squats require you to stabilize your body on one leg while performing the movement, they improve balance and proprioception, which is your body's awareness of its position in space. This can reduce the risk of falls and injuries, especially in older adults.

Muscle Imbalance Correction: Split squats help identify and address muscle imbalances between your left and right legs. By isolating each leg individually, you can ensure that both legs develop evenly, reducing the risk of injury and improving overall performance.

Functional Movement: They mimic real-life movements such as walking, climbing stairs, and lunging, making them highly functional exercises that translate well to daily activities and sports.

Joint Health: Split squats can promote joint health by improving mobility and stability in the hips, knees, and ankles. When performed with proper form, they can help strengthen the muscles around these joints, reducing the risk of injury and promoting longevity in physical activity.

Variety: Split squats offer a variation to traditional bilateral squats, allowing you to target muscles from a different angle and potentially break through strength plateaus.

Convenience: They can be performed with minimal equipment, making them accessible for most people, whether at home or in the gym. All you need is your body weight or some dumbbells to increase resistance.

We can even find our bilateral or “Air” squat improved with all these benefits!

What are the mistakes, and how do I correct them?

Check out the video below to find out if you are making these common mistakes and how to correct them!

Need help getting started?

Mint Condition Fitness has personalized programs led by professional fitness and nutrition coaches who are ready to help you begin making progress on your health goals and start living the life you envisioned.