An often overlooked exercise, the single leg squat, demands a come-back in the fitness community as it is possibly the best lower body exercise you can do, not only for the health of your spine, but also for its strength and balance building potential. Moreover, with the proper set up and coaching, a single leg squat is an exercise everyone can do. First though, it is imperative that you understand the value of the single leg squat. Let’s start at the very beginning:
During motion in bipedal animals (like humans), the lower extremities are rarely doing the same thing at the same time. Functionally speaking, since we alternate walking between one leg and then the other, instead of using both legs on the ground at one time, we are actually unipeds, using one leg at a time. In essence, we create force with one leg and then accept it with the other. This form of motion creates unique challenges for our lower extremities, necessitating unique training with unipedal motion in mind in order to maximize our functional strength.