A New Workout Move Video – Weighted Squats!

Hello and happy Friday!

I decided it has been WAY too long since I posted a nerdy fitness demonstration video. (The rest of my fitness videos and instructional workout posts can be found on my Strength & Ab Exercises page)


Today’s video and photo instructions feature a favorite “compound” move, which is a move that works both your arms and your legs at the same time. When I strength train I try to do almost entirely compound moves — they’re more efficient AND a better workout (raising your heart rate to a cardio workout level).

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Weighted Squat

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1) You’ll need weights for this exercise — I hold two weights, one in each hand, that are each between 5 and 10 pounds, depending how hardcore I’m feeling ;)

2) Stand with your legs spread apart, preparing to do a squat. Lift your arms like so:



3) As you squat down (try to keep your knees from going in front of your toes — you should be leaning back vs. forward), raise your arms over your head in a press movement.


4) Repeat! I usually do about 10 to 12 reps, then move on to another exercise (see some of my other favorites below) and repeat this at least one more time later on in the workout.

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Here’s a video of me demonstrating the move!


I actually filmed this video almost a year ago and kept forgetting to post it! Silly me. I know it’s a really basic, simple move, but I still thought it would be helpful for some of you just getting into strength training to see how to incorporate both arms and legs at the same time! I will definitely be doing this move (and the ones listed below) a lot more now that I’m going to be ramping up my strength training again in preparation for my second half marathon in March!

Previous exercise demonstration posts:


Disclaimer: I am not a fitness expert — these are just the exercise/strength moves that I love and have found to be effective. Try them at your own risk :)


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In other news — we are on the brink of a 3 day weekend! I’m actually feeling kind of bummed out today that Matt won’t be here to enjoy the weekend with me (he’s still in Europe until the end of the month, sigh — it’s been AGES — months?! — since we’ve been here in NC together). It’s lonely in our cute little apartment! But the weather is supposed to be warmer and sunny and there’s talk with the girls of a hike on Sunday, plus we have our first longer-ish half marathon training run on Saturday! I will also be hitting up the mall to get my fashion on — gotta use some Christmas gift cards ;)

Have a wonderful Friday!


  1. 1

    Awesome workout video and congrats on the attune foods gig! :)

  2. 2

    Love this quick do-anywhere moves!

  3. 3

    what a great move!!

  4. 4

    Your videos are really fun! In my opinion, I think your legs are too far out and your squat should be much deeper. Like this video:
    But if you like your way, keep doing it! I’m just sharing how I’ve been taught.

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      Thanks, Marci! Since I’m doing a squat with the weights, I find it more comfortable to do the wider legs, slightly less deep (I had a bike accident and hurt my right knee and it still hurts it to go super deep into a squat sometimes) positioning – but thanks for showing another option!

  5. 6

    I am pro-squats. They are one of the best exercises out there.

  6. 7

    I do those squats in ChaLEAN Extreme, they are hard after about 10!!! Congrats on being an Attune ambassador!!! I haven’t med a product of theirs I didn’t fall in love with :)


  7. 8

    I love compound movements too. I feel like I’m using my time more efficiently. :)

  8. 9

    That is so cool about the Attunes partnership!! I love how they are gf. ;)

    I also love the video. I’ve been meaning to do a bosu workout video on mine, but always forget!

  9. 10

    Compound moves are my favorite!

  10. 11

    You do those squats beautifully and I love your tee-shirt. Today was the first full day that we have been able to actually get out of the house here in Atlanta since Sunday because of the ice. I caught your cold.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  11. 12

    Thanks for the video! Good luck on your run, I’ll be running for the first time all week tomorrow! Booo, I hate my wisdom teeth:(

  12. 13

    Great video, Anne. And congrats on the Attunes Partnership. Good luck with the long run. And enjoy “getting your fashion on!” Sounds like fun!

  13. 14

    Congrats on the Attune gig you’ve picked up!
    Those workout moves will be stuck in my head and now I can even do them when on vacation!
    Enjoy your retail therapy!

  14. 15

    As if squats weren’t hard enough without weights?! :-P

  15. 16

    haha cute, I love these posts! Let’s see some more :)

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