How to do Lateral Squats

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps


Start in a standing position, take your feet out sideways so that they are wider than shoulder width and toes turned out slightly. Reach your hands forwards at shoulder height. Then bend your left knee and push your hips backward, to lower yourself down over your left foot. Your right leg should remain as straight as possible. Keep your heels down on the floor.

From here, straighten your left leg to stand up and return to the center position. Then bend your right knee to squat over to your right-hand side with your left leg straight.

Keep squatting from side to side for the required duration of the exercise.

How to make Lateral Squats easier

For a simpler yet similar exercise, try out our Wider Squats or Sumo Squats first.

How to make Lateral Squats more challenging

Once you have mastered these, turn things up a notch with Single Latereal Hops.

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