The squat is a weight-room favorite for its status as a muscle- and strength-building powerhouse. But if you’re limited by flexibility, injury, or even just weak glutes, the movement could do you more harm than good — and that’s why it’s good to have a few alternatives in your back pocket. Before we get into a few good movements to try, I’d like to point out that, if it’s hard to squat now, there’s almost always a way to fix it. Whether that’s through better stretching, technique practice, or strengthening your weak spots, you can almost always get back to some form of squatting. Consider this your playbook for building all the muscles associated with the best move in the gym.
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