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Here’s how you can ace sumo squats for well-toned inner thighs

Published on:22 May 2020, 18:15pm IST
Worried about that stubborn cellulite on your thighs? Kick it out with sumo squats.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Sumo squats are good for your butt too! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Well, there is nothing better in this universe for your legs than squats. And when it comes to tone down your inner thighs then there’s nothing better than sumo squats!

That’s why today, we are all game to tell you how you can ace this super move to sculpt your inner thigh muscle. 

FYI, sumo squat single-handedly focus on your glutes, inner thigh, outer thigh, hamstrings, and calves. So, basically it’s a lower-body wonder.

How can you pull off a sumo squat?
Firstly, it is not a toughie. And if you have seen those Japanese sumo wrestlers standing then you can absolutely nail it.

Still haven’t figured out? Then follow these simple steps:

1. Stand with your feet wide apart. The toe should be out at an almost 45-degree angle.
2. Pull out your butt and go down into a squat. Inhale while going down.
3. Hold this pose for two to three seconds.
4. Move up while exhaling.

Do a minimum of 15 to 20 repetitions and 4 sets for better results.

Although it is not a complex move to pull off, you should still know the pressure points. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind while doing a sumo squat: 

  • Keep your back straight while going down.
  • While holding the pose, press into your heels for maximum contraction.
  • Your knees should move outwards and not in front.
  • Keep your hands on your chest for better balance.
  • Go as low as you can. Stop when you feel an extreme stretch in your thigh.
  • You can also use a kettlebell or plate to accentuate the impact of a sumo squat.

Science backs sumo squats too!
According to a study published in a journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, if you are an athlete or a gym freak then you must indulge in sumo squats. It says that it helps in strengthening your leg muscles and spares you from the horror of injuries. 

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Does accidental muscle cramps often hinder your workout? Then try sumo squats to get rid of them. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Another study published in the journal BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation suggest that sumo squats or split squats improve the overall performance and build of the person who is doing it.

So, now you have got it all. You have learned the move and you’ve got the proof that sumo squats are your go-to exercise when it comes to your inner thigh. Now it is time to try it!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.