Updated: Feb 21, 2019
A typical gym floor is usually well supplied with apparatus and machines of various descriptions.
However, sometimes a simple bench can be enough to perform an effective exercise (which is helpful to know if getting to a gym on a regular basis is not an option).
In previous blog posts I have written about how to best use (jump) boxes. Most gyms have these nowadays and they can be a fun addition to a balanced workout programme.
Today, in the video above, I’m not going to demonstrate how to use these boxes for jumping. Instead I am going to demonstrate how to use them to perform a split squat.
The split squat is similar to the lunge in that you target the same muscles; the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus and adductor magnus when you perform the exercise. The difference between the two, however, is that your rear foot is maintained at rest throughout this particular exercise, meaning it does not move as you undertake it.
Take a look at the video and you will see what I mean.
I do like this exercise, as it helps to target one leg at time and gives you a chance to work on your coordination at the same time.
Which is always a good thing.
Also, when you build your workout, be sure to add in something like 4 to 5 exercises options for each part of your body so as to surprise your muscles and to avoid getting bored yourself while you exercise.
Because when your workout starts to become a bore, so will your life!