How to Perform a Squat Pallof Press with TurnFit Personal Trainers and Guest Kennedy Hindley
This exercise helps stabilize your core with the added challenge of a squat. It is a full body exercise that prevents rotation. Think of rotation as an unwanted force such as when you are carrying two bags where one is heavier than the other. If your body is strong, you can handle the weight difference without injuring yourself or feeling any pain or soreness.
1. Loop a resistance band around a pole or squat rack, at waist level. Feet shoulder width apart. Stand straight but do not lock your knees.
2. Stand at a distance where the band is taut, grasping it in both hands at your chest.
3. Hold the band at chest height and sit down into a squat stance.
4. Press your hands out in front of you, keeping it at chest level, bracing your core. As you do so, exhale.
5. Bring your hands back to your chest.
6. Return to standing, inhaling as you return to starting position.
7. This counts as one rep. Repeat.
8. Turn and do the same facing the other direction.
NOTE: Do not allow yourself to rotate during this exercise. Keep your hands straight. Do not allow them to give in to the band. Keep your hips and shoulders facing forward. The deeper you go into a squat, the harder it will be often to maintain your core stability and limit any excessive back arch or twist of your trunk.
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