Movement Breakdown: Belt Squat

Today we want to present a quick and concise breakdown of the Belt Squat. As much as we want to prevent it, injuries happen. We’ve all dealt with them, at some point or another. At our Hermosa Beach gym, we take pride in our ability to help those needing to work around injuries, while still maximizing our workout time. 

We have found that the belt squat is one of those exercises that has done wonders to build leg strength, for those dealing with back pain. We most often use the belt squat when a member has issues bearing weight on their back due to back stiffness or tightness. 

The benefits of the belt squat include:

  • leg strength development
  • bilateral stance
  • squat pattern specific (Vs. Hinge)
  • unloaded spine
  • full range of motion
  • loading can be adjusted with plates (like a barbell squat)
  • train quads, hams, and hip extensors (glutes)

For a short video explanation watch coach Kyle give a breakdown here.

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2/16/22 WOD


Complete 4 rounds for quality of:

4 Weighted Pull-Ups
1 40yd Fat Grip DB Carry

Then, every 3 minutes, complete 8 rounds of the following:

1 Bull Run
8 DB Thrusters(50/35)


BTK Split Jerk 

Then complete 3 rounds for quality of:

12 Tall Seated DB Halos (ea.)
50′ 1-Arm DB OH Lunge – Left
50′ 1-Arm DB OH Lunge – Right 

Then, complete 3 rounds for time:

3 Clean (135/95)
6 Shoulder to Overhead
9 Thruster
400m Run