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Fresh Start to Fitness: Sumo squat exercise routine

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Fresh Start to Fitness: Sumo squat exercise routine (KUTV)

(KUTV) The sumo squat is an underutilized method of sculpting your butt, the inside of your thighs and burning serious amounts of calories, according to Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray.

Beck recommends you do the following circuit routine three times per week, which only takes minutes to complete in order to start reaping the health benefits and get the toned legs you've always wanted.

Start by running through this circuit three times, resting 30 seconds between exercises. Increase the amount of reps as you start to get stronger over time, Beck said.

1) Sumo Squats: Stand with your feet greater than shoulder width apart, feet pointed outward. Squat down until your thighs are roughly parallel to the floor, arms straight out in front of you and keep your back straight. Push yourself back up to starting position. Complete 10 reps.

2) Pivot Squats: Stand with your feet together. Bring your right leg up and out to your side as though you are stepping over an object into the sumo squat position (feet pointed outward and greater than shoulder width apart). Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor, arms out in front of you and back straight. Return to starting position by lifting your right leg up and over until both feet are together. Repeat on the other side and complete 5 reps per side.

3) Bouncing Sumo Squat: Come down into the sumo squat position. Hold this as you perform small bounces that allow you to turn in a circle. Continue holding the sumo squat position and bouncing until you've attained 20 bounces.

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