Looking for a workout that’s accessible but still has “Flashdance” vibes? Chair squats are a beginner-friendly exercise great for building important leg muscles like your quads, hamstrings, and glutes while offering the support of a sturdy surface.
Grab a chair that won’t go anywhere (Hint: Wheels are a no) and get ready to drop it low!
Really struggling or looking for more of a challenge? We’ve got you covered.
Make it easier: Take a load off! For a bit more support, try sitting down to rest after each rep. You can pause for just a moment or give yourself a few seconds of rest if you need it.
Make it harder: Ditch the chair when you’re ready! Try doing a regular squat by following the same steps, but instead of touching your butt to the chair, stop when your legs are at a 90-degree angle and then come back up.
Stuck in your chair all day for work? Make your chair work for you! One study found that adding chair squats at 20-minute intervals to a long period of sitting can boost your metabolism.
Chair squats can give you the support you need to get a great leg workout, even if you’re a total fitness newbie. They’re also a simple way to add a little exercise throughout your workday to help boost your metabolism (and your booty!).