Lateral squats

Lateral squats strengthen the legs in the frontal and sagittal plane. Lateral squats are single-leg knee dominant leg exercises that emphasize activity of the inner thigh muscles (adductors).

In sports and daily life, the adductors fulfil many important functions. They decelerate hip flexion, the opposing motion of abduction and the internal rotation of the thigh to stabilise the hip and knee. The Lateral squats functionally strengthen the adductor muscles in different planes of motion.

Lateral squats need to be mastered before the athlete can start performing side and 3-spot lunges.

  • Lateral squat

    The lateral squat is beginner level exercise to develop single-leg strength that targets the inner thigh muscles.

  • Lateral wall squat

    The lateral wall squat is advanced single-leg exercise that targets the adductor muscles of the hip.