Exercise of the Month: Angled Barbell Squat
Set up a barbell in a Land Mine attachment or on the floor against the bottom of a bolted down machine or squat rack.
Place some weight on the “free” end of the bar.
Hold the “free” end of the bar in front of your chest with your elbows pointing downward.
Place your feet shoulder width apart and slightly back from the end of the bar so you are leaning into the bar.
Brace your abs and push you hips back and downward as you squat down.
Keep your knees from caving in and your chest “puffed” out. Sit as low as you can while keeping your heels on the floor.
Return to the standing position and squeeze your butt.
Attempt 3 sets of 12 in a circuit with other exercises or perform as a stand alone exercise with 60-seconds between sets.
Improves leg, core and hip strength important for running.
Jon-Erik Kawamoto, CSCS, CEP is a strength coach, freelance fitness writer and owner of JKConditioning in St. John’s, NL, Canada. He is also a Mizuno Brand Ambassador and contributes regularly to many major running magazines and websites.
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