Squat with Side Bend/Reach

by Addie Kelzer

Add a little stretch to your squats with this heart-calming variation!

If your heart rate climbs high while doing a set of squats, adding this arm reach overhead between each one can help to slow your heart rate climb. Take that extra second to breath while you reach up and overhead, bending through the side of your torso before your use those large leg muscles again for your next squat.

This is a great addition to your programming if you are:

  • Pregnant (like me!) and need to be considerate of your heart rate
  • Overweight or obese and don’t want to wear yourself out too quickly
  • Are using squats or dynamic stretches as a warmup before your regular exercises
  • Are a beginner who wants to ensure to take the time and have the strength to maintain good squat form

My apologies for the little bit of shake in this video. We had to get creative in how to capture both the overhead reach and the foot placement in a small space!


Want to know more ways add some stretch to your usual workout? Schedule your free 90 minute consultation.

Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.

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