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Workout of the Week: Sumo Squat

Get more from your squats with this modification! Traditional squats primarily focus on your legs, thighs and glutes. Sumo squats help you with your thighs more as they will work muscles in your inner thighs and can benefit your balance.

How to do it

  1. Get in a squat position. You should be standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Next, widen your stance so that there is about 3-4 feet between your legs, and turn your toes out. Bring your hands up toward your chest for balance. This is your starting position
  3. Slowly lower your hips by bending your knees. This motion should bring your thighs parallel to the floor.
  4. Rise back up to the starting position by pushing off your feet.
  5. Repeat the squat 10 times.


  • Your knees should not come past your toes as you lower your body.
  • Work your core at the same time by tightening your abs and keeping your back straight.

Want more fitness ideas? If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the wellness coaching component of our Wellness Program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy ideas to get—and stay—fit. And remember, talk to your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.