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Discussion: one-legged squats

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2017-10-19

Oct 22, 2017 2:09 PM # 
Charlie:
The single exercise that has done the most to diminish my back issues.
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Oct 22, 2017 9:51 PM # 
Becks:
Are these one legged squats with the back leg up on a bench or similar? Or both feet on the floor?
Oct 22, 2017 11:45 PM # 
Charlie:
What I do is sit in a chair, lift one leg off the ground and stand up, then lower myself back down. A set of 10 then switch legs. Somebody in better condition might not need the chair.
Oct 26, 2017 10:04 PM # 
peggyd:
Wow, I just tried that, and it's not easy! I guess that means I should be doing it.
And one leg is much stronger than the other ... interesting.
Oct 27, 2017 2:26 PM # 
Becks:
I've never done them that way - it's good! Might have to work some of those in!
Oct 28, 2017 12:44 AM # 
cmpbllv:
I’ve done them with an exercise ball between my back and a wall and one ankle on the other knee, rolling up and down with each squat. Maybe I should take them up again, now that you all mention it.
Oct 30, 2017 6:39 PM # 
Charlie:
I’m not sure if one leg is actually stronger than the other, but they are pretty different in terms of where they hurt when I do it. That is, they both have issues, but different issues. So weak and unbalanced.
Oct 31, 2017 6:14 PM # 
TomN:
The height of the chair seat seems to be critical. On my adjustable chair, it goes from impossible to doable in just a few inches.
Oct 31, 2017 10:45 PM # 
bubo:
I'm doing the "Charlie version" but maybe should try this...
Nov 1, 2017 3:19 PM # 
Charlie:
Bubo, if you can do that, you don’t need the Charlie version of anything.

TomN, absolutely right about the height issue. From a weight bench or a standard chair height I can do it with great difficulty. If I put a 2” pad on it, it is still difficult, but more feasible and probably a better exercise for me. My wife, with a much shorter tibia length, can bounce up and down easily from the weight bench, but then again, pound for pound she is probably a fair amount stronger.

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