Tip: Bulgarian Split Squats

If you can't do your bodyweight for 6-8 reps, then it's time to bring up your single-leg strength.

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Make it a goal to eventually improve your single-leg performance. Work up to doing Bulgarian split squats with a total load equal to your bodyweight (be it barbell, dumbbell, weighted vest, or some combination thereof) for 6-8 reps per leg using a full range of motion so the back knee touches a pad on the ground.

Some people who already have very strong legs will hit this number pretty quickly after they get used to the exercise, but it may take longer for others. I’ve had numerous high school athletes hit and surpass this number, so it’s far from unrealistic.