sumo squats Muscles Worked

Sumo squats are a lower body squat pattern exercise that primarily target the quadriceps. They’re similar to regular squats, but with a wider more turned out stance, so they also target the inner thighs a lot. They allow for a great inner thigh stretch at the bottom and are especially great for dancers and yogis.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Sumo squats

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles

Quads Hamstrings Glutes

Secondary Muscles


How to do Sumo squats

Begin standing with the feet out wide, toes turned out, and your hands on your hips.

Lower the hips down and back as you squat down until your hips are below your knees. Be sure to push both knees outward away from each other.

Once you feel a deep inner thigh stretch, reverse the motion as you stand back upright straightening both legs completely.

Repeat for the desired repetitions.


Animation of how to do Sumo squats