Thursday, June 4, 2009
Exercise of the Week: Sumo Squat
Have you ever seen a sumo match? These wrestlers may look funny (and flabby - I will spare you an actual picture), but they're actually powerhouses of strength and balance.
In the beginning of a match, the two opponents face off while performing a special type of squat in slow motion. Lifting one leg while leaning to the side, the wrestler uses his full weight and power to strike the mat. After repeating this move with the other leg, the wrestler then sinks down into a deep, wide-legged squat.
You'll probably never have to intimidate a competitor in the ring, but doing this sumo-inspired exercise will strengthen your inner and outer thighs. Best of all, there's no loincloth required! :) Good news for you...and anyone who works out near you!
How it's Done:
1. Stand with your feet as wide apart as possible while pointing your toes outward.
2. Lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
3. Hold for a beat, exhale, then press back up to starting position. Repeat.
4. Keep your shoulders directly over your hips at all times. For best results, don't lean forward or let your knees extend beyond your toes. Keep your abs drawn in and don't arch your back.
5. Extra challenge needed? Put a dumbbell in your hands and add some extra weight!