Single leg squats for runners

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!

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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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  • Stephen CampbellJuly 6, 2018 at 6:31pm
    Great video and explanation Goska!! Thank you Reply
    • Goska DuzykJuly 7, 2018 at 10:19am
      Thank you Stephen! Good luck with the exercises and your running! Reply
  • Jen smithJuly 21, 2018 at 11:38am
    Great tip to do it in front of the mirror, so looking at full body posture. I'll add it into my daily stretches. Reply
    • Goska DuzykJuly 21, 2018 at 12:02pm
      Totally agree! I think it's important, not only for athletes but for all of us, to get to know our own bodies. Observing, feeling, listening your body is the best guidance for your performance. Enjoy! Reply
  • Mike SiblyJanuary 13, 2019 at 11:35am
    Just to thank you for these great videos, very well explained. As you say, much harder than they look the you do them. Long live Run & Become...... Reply
    • Goska DuzykJanuary 15, 2019 at 10:51am
      Thank you Mike for your kind words! We just want to share our experience and ideas with others, I am glad that you found it helpful! Good luck with your running and training! Reply
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