Better Ways to Do Squats – Step Down Squats
Squats are the kings of all exercises. They help chisel your core because, metabolically, they are your best friend. And don’t get me started on what they do for your butt.
Build on a Classic Squat – Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, chest high, abs drawn in and hands clasped in front of chest or straight out with palms down. Sit nice and deep, bringing hips to just below parallel. Push into heels to rise to standing.
Step Down Squat: Stand on a low box (about 6 to 12 inches high); lower hips, stepping right leg out to tap the floor. As you rise, drive right knee high while coming onto ball of left foot. Do half of set on right side, then switch.
Make it Harder: Use a higher box; you will have to squat lower to touch the floor.
Body Benefit: this challenges every muscle from core to calf.