The sumo squat is another awesome lower body exercise. I’m sure you’ve heard how great squats are for your butt. Let me tell you, sumo squats are even better. Your feet point outward slightly with a sumo squat, which makes it a bit easier to engage your glutes on the upward motion.

The sumo squat also works your inner thighs and hamstrings more than a normal squat. I feel like this is a trouble spot for a lot of women, which is why I wanted to cover this exercise.

There’s a few different variations that you can do with a sumo squat. What makes it a sumo squat is the wide stance and toes pointing outward. You can do it holding a dumbbell in front of you, a barbell on your back or holding a backpack.


How to

  • Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width and toes pointed outward
  • Squat down, pushing your butt back with your knees tracking over your toes
  • Go down as far as you can, squeezing your butt on the way back up


  • Keep your back straight and upright
  • Your knees will go outwards, not forward

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