How to do Side Squat

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: High

Target Body Parts: calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps


The side squat is similar to a regular squat combined with a side step / jump at the top of each squat. So set up by making sure you have space either side of you and with your feet together. Then step your left foot out to the left and lower down into a squat position with your weight centred equally between both legs.

As you stand back up out of your squat on the left side, jump your left foot back into the middle and then your right foot out to the right side and perform another squat. Stand back up and side jump across to repeat on the left again. Keep moving from side to side for each squat for the duration of the exercise.

How to make Side Squat easier

Work up to this movement by progressing through Chair Squats, Squats and Step Touch in that order.

How to make Side Squat more challenging

Amp things up with our Jump Squats and X Drill Rotations exercises.

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