How To Do Plié Squats

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Plie Squat


A Plie’ Squat is an exercise that strengthens the legs, glutes and calves and increases the range of motion in your hips. Plie’ Squats originated from the ballet position Plie’, which keeps the back straight while also bending the knees. When learning how to do the Pliè Squat, otherwise often referred to as a sumo squat, the toes are turned outwards in a wide stance position. This lower body workout targets the thighs (highly toning the inner thighs,) hamstrings, and the gluteus minimums (the strongest and most powerful muscles in your butt.) This workout is especially effective for toning the lower body- specifically resulting in a much tighter and lifted butt. This exercise also focuses on a tall spine, tight core and good posture. Everyone can benefit from practicing better posture.

The Pliè Squat differs from a regular squat because of the placement of your feet and opening of your hips. Because of the difference in the feet’s positions, different muscles are worked. When you move your legs in towards your body you highly target the toning of your inner thighs. Other added benefits to the Pliè Squats are that they create a stronger sense of balance and increase flexibility, this is due to the fact that you are putting your body into a new alignment. This new alignment increases your need to master your balance in order to keep from swaying out of the Pliè Squat position.

This exercise is totally equipment free, making it a great exercise to do in your home whenever you are looking for a quick lower body exercise. If you would like to amp up your workout, feel free to add weights to increase the intensity of the plié squats and work the upper body for additional muscle gain.

1) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and toes turned out. Bend knees lowering torso keeping your back straight and abs tight.

2) Squeeze your glutes and come to standing position.

Targets: glutes, quads, hamstrings

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