How to Do Half Air Squats: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

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Muscles Worked

Muscles worked in half air squats

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Half Air Squats

  1. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, or where you feel comfortable.
  2. Squat as deep as possible, or as deep as you want.
  3. Reverse the movement, and return to a standing position.


The air squat is a classic exercise that requires no equipment. For the beginner, this exercise might initiate a strength gain all on it’s own, and for the more experienced trainee it might serve as a mobility-increasing exercise, warm-up or rehabilitation. You can aid your balance in this exercise by holding out your arms in front of you, or even holding a light weight, like in a goblet squat.

This version of the air squat is suitable if you can not do a squat with full depth yet, or if you want to restrict the depth because of an injury.

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