The Hindu squat is a very interesting squat variation. It is a very fast-paced bodyweight squat that works your legs and really works your heart and lungs. (Be sure to watch the video for the best explanation.)

hindu squat

Step 1: Stand with feet shoulder width apart, hands straight out in front of you.

hindu squat

Step 2: Pull your hands into your chest.

hindu squat

Step 3: Push your hands down toward the floor, behind your butt, as you squat down.

As you squat down, also lift your heels into the air. You will be balancing on the balls of your feet.

Reverse the sequence to stand up and return to the starting position.

* Breathing: In a normal squat, you would exhale as you push up to the starting position. In the Hindu squat, you want to exhale as you come down to the bottom position.

Hindu Squat video:

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