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5 effective lower-body exercises to do instead of squats

Squats and all its variations are known to be one of the best lower body exercises but what are other workouts that are equally as effective?

1.Lateral lunge

Lateral lunge or simply known as side lunge works the outside of your quads. Also, it works your glutes and inner thighs. To challenge yourself hold a dumbbell in each hand down by your sides.

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2.Seated leg press

The seated leg press is perfect if you want to work on your glutes, calves, and feet but it focuses mostly on the quads! You need power for the push-off and lifting phase, the control phase, and even when bringing the weight back down.

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This functional exercise’s aim is to build your single-leg strength in the quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves. If you’re a beginner lower the height of the bench you’re going to step on and if you need an extra challenge, hold a dumbbell in each hand down by your sides or in a racked position at your shoulders.

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4.Glute bridge

This workout is easy and effective. If you do this move correctly, you should feel the burn in your glutes and your hamstrings. The bridge is great for improving hip mobility and strengthening your lower back.

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5.Trap bar deadlift

You can opt for the trap bar deadlift if you have knee problems. According to a biomechanical research listed in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, you can lift more weight if you use a trap bar compared to conventional ones.

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