Single leg squats for runners
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If you've seen our previous video, you should already be familiar with the benefits of unilateral exercises: strengthening the non-dominant leg, improving balance, reducing asymmetry of lower limbs, speeding up rehabilitation after injury and many, many more.

Today, on top of the previous single leg exercises, we will show you the absolute king of unilateral movement – the single leg squat!

The single leg squat is an amazing exercise, which is proven to build the most strength in both the gluteus medius and gluteus maximus at the same time. You will also activate the quadriceps, and basically all muscles of the lower limb! 

But the single leg squat is not just another fantastic workout for your legs (although it is).

It's a great screening test for your body! Don't be shy, go ahead and stand in front of the mirror, or ask your running buddy to record you and see what's happening with your body when you increase the depth of a single leg squat. Any trunk or knee rotation, maybe hip hikes or drops, losing your balance – all of these are telling you about weaker points in your body.

Also, checking the progress of your strength training by recording your single leg squat every week or two is a great way to make faster improvements and keep motivated! 

If you have never tried single leg exercises, don't wait any longer! Enjoy and discover a new world of unilateral movement. Good luck!


These are exercises that we've found very useful and want to share with our customers. But we're not certified instructors. Always consult your specialist before beginning any exercise programme. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.

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