The wall-sit is a static contraction exercise, and an excellent way to target the thighs. It is easy and can be done just about anywhere by following the simple instructions below.
A quick word of warning though – do not attempt this exercise if you have high blood pressure and, as always, please consult your physician if you're starting an exercise program for the first time.
Make it easier: Raise yourself a little higher on the wall so your knees are not at a full 90 degree angle.
Make it harder: Extend one leg for a single-legged wall sit, or hold a weight in both hands either above your head or at chest height.
Additional progressions: Repeat 1-3 times with at least one minute rest periods in between.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
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