Skater Squats with a Twist

Wow, two blog posts in two days. I think that’s a record for me the past six months or so.

Can a brotha get a “Yeah Buddy!”?


Today’s post is going to be short, but I wanted to share a little twist I’ve been doing with skater squats that I really like, which I’ve not-so-creatively called Perpendicular Landmine Skater Squats.

Rather than try to describe them—which would probably just confuse you anyway—I’ll just show you what they look like.

I’ve done skater squats with the landmine for quite some time, and I even wrote them on my blog HERE, but I’ve just recently started setting up perpendicular to the landmine rather than in line with it and I have to say I think it’s better.

The landmine is cool because it lets you get the benefits on offset contralateral loading while still allowing you to load it up heavy, which you can’t do as well using dumbbells. And actually, the landmine helps provide a little stability to make it easier to balance, but not so much stability that it becomes a crutch and takes the balance aspect out of the exercise. It’s still really tough.

When you set up perpendicular to the landmine unit, it creates a cross-body reaching effect due to the arc of the barbell, which increases glute recruitment and again helps with balance to a small degree. Using a cross body reach is actually a great teaching tool for learning skater squats, but I’m wary of using an aggressive reach with heavier loads because I think that twisting under load could be problematic for the lower back if you’re not careful. With the landmine though, the cross-body effect is slight: just enough to notice and get the benefits, but not so severe that it puts the lower back at risk.

I find it’s actually easier to keep good form with these, and it also feels really solid when I load it up, so I think it could potentially be a good choice as either a teaching tool or for more advanced lifters looking for ways to increase the challenge and load it up if you don’t have a bunch of weighted vests.

I haven’t used it with any clients yet so at this point the sample size is one (i.e. me), so I’ll be curious to hear what you think. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

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