In this article I will talk about the exercise instructions and benefits of a great exercise called the ‘Skater Squat’.
There are different ways of doing this exercise but I prefer to do it on a BOSU Ball.
BOSU BALL SKATER SQUAT INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Begin with a pad or BOSU ball placed directly behind you and your feet hip-width apart.
2) Transition your weight to your dominate leg and lift the opposite leg slightly off the floor. Keep your neck neutral and maintain a straight back. This will be your starting position.
3) Slowly descend by pushing your hips and butts backwards. Continue descending until the knee of your bent and raised leg lightly touches the pad or BOSU ball.
4) Upon contact, push through the heel of your stationary leg and return to the starting position. This is one repetition.
5) Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions and then switch legs.
BENEFITS OF THE SKATER SQUAT:
1) Creates knee and hip stability.
2) Trains a stable arch.
3) Quad and glute/hamstring development.
4) Develops single leg strength.
5) Teaches neutral spine.
6) Transfers to the landing position of a HOP or 1-2 Stick (essential drills for developing bulletproof knees).
7) Decreases the risk of ACL and other knee injuries by teaching the ankle/knee/hip to be strong and stable.
Below is a video demonstrating the the exercise. I implement this into my leg routine for good reason, single leg training is great for sorting out any imbalances and preventing injury. Researchers recommended an unstable surface, such as the BOSU ball for rehabilitation of lower back conditions. This no-load balance training improves the strength and conditioning of your lower back muscles, important in your ability to perform everyday movements. If everyone would add Skater Squats to their regimens, we would have a drastic decrease in ACL and other knee injuries. Sprinting and jumping would also improve.