When I tell most people about a “1 Sided Squat” their initial reaction is to say, “what about the weight for my other hand?”
But, the secret to this exercise is only loading one side of your body.
By performing any exercise with only one side being weighted you are causing greater torque or stress on your core. That means your abs, obliques, and every other core muscle must work hard to keep you balanced.
If you didn’t, you’d fall over or tilt to one side…
This technique will work for chest presses, rows, curls, extensions, and many other variations, but the exercise I have for you today is called a “1 Shoulder Loaded Squat.”
As you’ll probably remember from my previous articles that doing squats is one of the single best exercises to boost your metabolism, strengthen your entire body, and reshape your physique.
(If you’re someone whose knees hurt when they squat check out this video on how to immediately correct that: http://www.StephenCabral.com/learn-to-squat )
Now, here’s how to complete the 1 Shoulder Loaded Squat:
Hold a dumbbell, kettlebell, or even a sandbag in your left hand and rest it on your left shoulder
Sit back with your hips and keep the weight on your heels as you sit into a squat
Keeping your chest up, chin parallel to the floor, and your right arm held away from your body push hard through your heels and stand back up straight
Repeat this movement for 5 – 10 repetitions on each side
For complete details on how to do this exercise correctly just click the link below to watch the video and hear me explain the proper technique:
My online and studio clients are always looking for new ways to spice up their body transformation exercise routines and this exercise seems to work every time!
Enjoy the new video and I’ll talk with you soon!
Committed to your success,
Stephen Cabral, CSCS, CPT, NS
Author of Fatlossity, Lose5in7 Weight Loss System
Health Consultant for MTV, NutritionData, Diet.com, Gather, EDGE