1. Place your feet about shoulder-width apart with your toes very slightly pointing outwards
2. Brace your core and inhale as you lower your body, bending at the knees. Be sure to keep your chest upright and your eyes forward
3. Once your knees hit a 90-degree angle, briefly pause before exhaling while explosively driving upwards and slightly to the chosen side using your quadriceps and glutes. Allow your feet to come a few inches off the floor
4. Cushion the impact by landing on the balls of your feet with your knees slightly bent
5. Repeat this motion to jump back to your starting point
The primary muscles used in Side Jump Squats/Lateral Jump Squats are the Glutes and Quads. The secondary muscles used are the Abs, Calves and Hamstrings.