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Half-Squat Laterals
From: FM 7-22 October 2012


Purpose: This exercise develops coordination, balance, and explosive strength in the legs (Figure 9-18).

Starting Position: Straddle stance, slightly crouched, assuming a half-squat, with the back straight, arms at the sides with elbows bent at 90-degrees, and palms facing forward.



  1. Maintaining a half-squat step/hop to the left.
  2. Maintaining a half-squat step/hop to the right.
  3. Maintaining a half-squat step/hop to the right.
  4. Maintaining a half-squat step/hop to the left and return to the starting position.



Figure 9-18. Half-squat laterals
Check Points:
  • At the starting position, tighten the abdominals to stabilize the trunk.
  • On all counts, do not allow the back to round; keep the head up and the eyes forward.
  • On each landing, the feet should be directed forward and maintained at shoulder distance apart. The landing should be "soft" and proceed from the balls of the feet to the heels.
Precaution: N/A

From: FM 7-22 October 2012 

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Chapter 1 Approach
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Chapter 3 Leadership
Chapter 4 Types of Programs
Chapter 5 Planning Considerations
Chapter 6 Special Conditioning Programs
Chapter 7 Execution of Training
Chapter 8 Preparation and Recovery
Chapter 9 Strength and Mobility Activities
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