Deskercise: Chair Squat

Exercises you can do at or near your desk

Exercises you can do at or near your desk

Chair squat

Squats are a very basic but beneficial strengthening exercise you can do just about anywhere. Squats help tone the hips, thighs and buttocks. If you are new to squats, using a chair is a great way to learn proper form before moving on to squats without added support. The chair forces you to keep your knees behind your toes, and it’s there if you lose your balance and need to sit down. You can make the exercise more challenging by holding dumbbells or raising your arms above your head.

How to do it: Stand in front of a sturdy chair with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart. Bend your knees and shift your hips back and buttocks out as if you are going to take a seat. Keep your weight on your heels and don’t let your knees extend past your toes. Lower down until your back side is just above the chair, and then stand back up. Complete one to three sets of 10 to 15 squats each.

Form tip: Don’t lock your knees when you stand up. Always keep them “soft.”


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