The split squat is a popular compound lower-body exercise that is guaranteed to pop up in workouts that aim to build muscle mass in the legs.
And while it's a great exercise for building up the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and glutes, the split squat is also an essential way to improve your stability and balance, and to eliminate muscle imbalances that lifters sometimes develop when they only do traditional squats and deadlifts.
Here are a few critical technical points to keep in mind when performing a split squat:
- Brace your core
- Position one leg at 90º
- Drive through the heel