Prevent injury: Sumo squat - Women's Running

Prevent injury: Sumo squat

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  May 15, 2014

Prevent injury: Sumo squat

The Prevent injury: Sumo squat increases muscle strength and improves your cardiovascular fitness in one Sumo sized swoop. Remember, it is more important to push your bottom as far back as possible and to squeeze your knees outwards, than it is to go nearer the floor. A prime case of technique over number of reps to get the full effect. Happy Sumo-ing!


  • Stand with your legs one and a half times shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees to perform a squat.
  • As you lift up, transfer your weight to your right leg.
  • Lift your left leg up.
  • Perform one side kick.
  • Put your foot back on the floor.
  • Perform another squat and repeat the side kick on the other side.
  • One kick on the left and right counts as one repetition.

Be Safe

Keep your tummy muscles tight to aid your balance.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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