Straight Leg Squat Thrusts

Sweat out with squat thrusts for a quick, full-body workout.
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If you're looking for a challenge that strengthens your body while burning more calories than jogging on a treadmill, straight leg squat thrusts will do the job. This exercise -- commonly called burpees -- emphasizes core stability, hip and leg strength, and coordination. There's no need for fancy, infomercial gadgets. With some space at home or at the corner of the gym, you can add squat thrusts with other body-weight exercises to give yourself a complete workout. No more fighting over machines and free weights!

Straight-Leg Squat Thrust

Step 1

Stand with your feet about hip-distance apart with your toes pointing forward or slightly outward.

Step 2

Bend forward and squat down quickly, putting your hands on the floor about shoulder-distance apart.

Step 3

Kick both legs back behind you so that you are supporting your body on your toes and hands. Keep your head in alignment with your spine, hip and legs like a pushup position.

Step 4

Hop forward with both legs so that your feet land just beneath your body about hip-distance apart. Keep your hands on the floor in the same position. Stand up to the starting position. Perform two to four sets of eight to 10 reps.

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