I decided to write a quick blog post to show you this exercise. It's. called the Cossack Squat. It's truly one of the most important exercises for athletes and adults who want to move and feel better... but it's rarely used by most trainers and coaches.
The lateral movement of this traditional squat variation develops dynamic flexibility in the hips, groin and hamstrings as well as ankle mobility. It also builds strength in the quads, glutes and hamstrings as well as core strength and stability.
Check out the video of my awesome client Shannon performing the Cossack Squat. You can hold on to some weight under your chin to make it more challenging. Many people find when they start this exercise they don't need any additional weight. Range of motion is the key to getting it right.
Remember... all sports are played in 3 dimensions. You also live in 3 dimensions as an adult with daily tasks such as groceries, yard work, playing with the kids etc. If you only train "up and dow" as an athlete or an adult you are doing them or yourself a disservice. Use this exercise to help prevent injuries in athletes (such as the dreaded groin pull).
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