A pop squat twist is essentially a jump squat with a twist. Instead of simply going up and down, this exercise has you doing a twist every time you burst into the air. Since jump squats are already hard enough on their own—leaving your booty sore for days!—adding something as simple as a quick twist ups the burn even more, giving you a burst or cardio and strengthening your obliques at the same time. It’s surprisingly fun, and it’s also slightly lower impact than a typical jump squat, as you’re landing more gently.
If you want to add an extra challenge to your workout routine—and reap some butt- and oblique-toning benefits in the process—give the pop squat twist a try. You’ll start to feel its effects in your waist and glutes after even a couple sets.
How to do a pop squat twist
- Stand with your feet hip-width distance apart.
- Lower down into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
- As you jump up, twist your body 90 degrees to the right.
- After quickly tapping your feet to the ground, jump again, rotating back to center.
- As you return to center, drop back down into a squat and repeat in the opposite direction. Try to do the movements in one swift motion.
- Complete 3 sets of 12 reps.
If you want to work on your squat form, this is the only video you need:
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