Making a squat more challening isn’t always about adding more weight. In the case of the single-leg squat, taking away part of yoru base support by standing on one leg means not only are your glutes immediately working harder, but you’ll aslo be improving both coordination and balance. Bonus: By working each side of your body individually, you’ll help build symmetry between the muscles and better target your weak spots. 

How It’s Done


  1. Stand about six inches in front of a box or chair. Lift left leg a few inches off the floor; extend arms in front of your at shoulder height. 
  2. Squat down by pushing your hips back toward the box or chair. Keep your chest lifted and your body weight over your heels. Pause one count, then stand back without lowering your front leg. Repeat for 12-15 reps; switch sides.