When it comes to lower body exercises, the humble squat seems to fit many requirements. Depending on your need, you can turn a simple squat into a half-squat, deep squat, lateral squat, sumo or wide squats and even squat jumps. Today we will look at the plie squat, another variation that really brings out the best in your hamstrings, inner thigh, knees and lower back. This is a lower body strength exercise targeted at the quads, hamstrings, and glutes like most other squats but requires extra coordination and flexibility.
The wide stance of this exercise means beginners can progressively adapt to plie squats with resistance at each level
To perform a plie squat get into a regular squat position. Instead of keeping your feet shoulder-width apart, keep them wider, while holding your arms at your sides. Your toes should point out at an angle, which is likely to be the natural position.
Squat down while bending your knees and going down till your thighs are parallel with the ground. Initially your body might need some time and massaging to get to the ideal position for the plie. As you lower your body, raise your arms above your head. Pause, then straighten your legs and return your arms to your sides.
Make sure your thighs stay parallel to the ground for the plie. This resistance against gravity will develop super strength in your thighs. Any further below the parallel line and you are in a sumo squat position.
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