Drop it like a Squat – 1,000 Squats Challenge

Image: Good luck on the 1,000 Squats Challenge – you got this!

In my PiYo class every Saturday, we always have a lower body section of the class where we bust out about 60-70 squats.  This is one of the most challenging parts of the class because the continuous squating motion causes serious muscle fatigue.  When I look out at my class I see everyone’s face cringing (they are clearly feeling the burn) and then I give myself a little pat on the back – hehe.  Ultimately, squats are the best leg exercise because they engage every leg muscle when done properly.  You effectively activate your glutes, hamstrings and quads when performing a squat – talk about an efficient exercise.

That said, I wanted to spread some squat love by creating a 1,000 squat challenge.  Each day, you can expect to burn 100 – 150 calories by the doing the reps listed in the Squat Challenge.  Let’s take the challenge head on and see our legs become stronger, firmer and sexier.  For more intensity, feel free to complete the challenge holding dumbbells in each hand.  Share your progress in the comments section below – good luck!  xoxo, Brit

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  1. Ooh, this looks like a good challenge! I think I will take this on board. When you say plie do you mean like an actual ballet plie?

    Also what do you recommend as good technique for the squat jumps?

    1. Hey! So excited you are going to join the challenge! So, yes, plie’ squats are like a plie’ in ballet. That means you should stand with you feet wider that hip distance with your toes facing diagonally outward. Squat down so that you bottom is almost to the level of your knees, keeping your back straight. For squat jumps, be sure to stay light on your toes and land softly. If you have knee issues and don’t want to jump, just do a regular deep squat, feet hip-width apart, and when you stand raise up to your tip toes. Good luck!

  2. I’ve been doing 2×50 regular sqats every day for two months, but even though results are of course visible, I no longer feel any kind of burn. I’ll definitely do this challenge and get dumbbells too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. So glad you are going to join the challenge! IT’s great because the exercises and sets and different each day – will keep your muscles confused and increase the effectiveness. Be sure to share your progress with us!

  3. I gotta start doing this … I’m getting tired of having spaghetti legs, and I’m not gonna take it anymore!