Splits squats




Set up a flat bench about two to three feet behind you (will vary according to your height). Start with feet together and dumbbells at your sides, shoulders back and abs tight. Then move to position your legs where one foot is slightly forward and your back leg is extended behind you  with the top of the foot placed on the bench.  Begin to slowly lower, flexing at the knee and hip to lower your body down, maintaining good posture throughout the movement. Keep the front knee in line with the foot as you perform the exercise. At the bottom of the movement, drive through the heel to extend the knee and hip to return to the starting position.


Photography by Dave Laus

Words/Workout: Jen Jewell

Models: Jen Jewell, Theresa Jen Lopetrone