- Gluteus Maximus
- Transverse Abdominus
- Erector Spinae
Exercises working similar muscle groups
Assisted Squats are a beginners leg strengthening exercise. The assisted squat isfor the individual who is unable to perform a full depth normal squat either because of injury, excess body weight or lack of strength. In the assisted squat the individual holds a theraband that is loops over an object. The theraband takes weight off the legs creating an easier version of the squat.
The quadriceps and hamstring muscles are important in providing knee stability. Weakness in these muscles will greatly effect ones ability to perform tasks such as rising from a chair, getting out of a car or climbing stairs. Once strength in the legs is lost it is important to regain it as soon as possible otherwise movement will regress and overtime you'll find yourself unable to do day to day activities. The squating movement is the best way to regain lost strength and increase lower body function.
Positioning of the theraband is important to this exercise. The band should be placed in front of the body such that the band make a 45 degree angle to the ground (see picture). This will prevent you from falling backward during the squat
Exercise Technique Tips - Assisted Squats
Keep heels on the ground through out the movement
Keep lower back in neutral position
Try to squat down until the thighs are parallel to the ground