6 Ways to Improve a Basic Squat

Five squat variations so you can chisel your core and build a better butt

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Squat better

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Squat better

Fitness experts agree that squats are one of the best moves you can do for your body. "Squats are the king of all exercises," says Los Angeles celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson. "They help chisel your core because, metabolically, they're your best friend. And don't get me started on what they do for your butt!" If you've already mastered the basic squat, try one of these upgraded moves to maximize your calorie-torching potential.

 

Build on a classic squat

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.

A: Sit nice and deep, bringing hips to just below parallel.
B: Push into heels to rise to standing.

Do 3 to 5 sets of 12 to 20 reps; aim to squat it out 2 or 3 times a week.

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