Strength training: The Single Leg Squat

The single leg squat makes a useful alternative to the barbell squat. Indeed, it could be argued that the emphasis between the two exercises should be the other way round, with the barbell squat being a great alternative to the single leg squat. Even without added weight, the exercise develops real strength. And if weight is added, because this does not have to be supported through the back, there is little danger of back injury.This is one of the most effective sport specific resistance conditioning exercises available. Most sport skills are performed with an alternate/independent leg action – running being the obvious example – and the single leg squat develops this independent strength.