Chair Squat

Senior Strength Training Exercises Video Series

The chair squat is very similar to a standard squat. They work the same muscle groups like the hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps.

The primary difference between these two leg exercises is you have the safety of a chair with this squat.

With the safety of a chair, if you feel like you are losing your balance, you can simply sit down to regain control.

Doing squats with a chair minimizes risk of falling and injuries. It's a great way to begin learning this exercise for anyone.

But for seniors, it's a great way to strengthen those leg muscles without the fear of falling.

The squat requires the proper technique in order to minimize stress on the back. Using the chair helps you to learn the proper technique.

So it's not only safer, but helps teach anyone the proper form.

Exercise #4 - Chair Squat

Make sure to use a chair that is the proper height for you. Don't use a recliner or a bar stool height chair.
  1. Start by standing slightly in front of the chair.
  2. Extend your arms out in front of you for balance.
  3. Now slowly sit down into the chair. Your buttocks should be the first to reach the chair.
  4. Now stand back up. You can extend your arms again for balance.
  5. Keep repeating this for several times.
Make sure to keep your back nice and straight while you do this. Be sure to breath while you do this. You should inhale as you come up and exhale as you sit down.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

Not all mobile devices will display the video correctly. If you are not seeing the full video (or it's not displaying at all), click here to view the chair squat on youtube.

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