Who knew that a wall could actually be useful in terms of exercising?
I certainly didn’t. The guys on the basketball team back in high school certainly didn’t either.
But I can definitely tell you that our legs certainly felt the usefulness of wall sitting in painfully excruciating fashion.
When we think of exercising, we usually don’t think of using walls for our workout routines.
We think about lifting weights. We think about running and jogging. We think about pushups and situps. We think about treadmills and ellipticals.
But walls? Not so much.
Personally, I was a skeptic of wall sitting not so much because I didn’t think it would be an effective exercise but probably because I didn’t want to do it and wasn’t entirely too familiar with it.
So I didn’t do it. That is until my basketball coach made me do it and only then was I finally introduced to the wonderful world of wall sitting.
And to tell you the truth, after I got used to it, it was actually an exercise that I enjoyed.
How effective is wall sitting, you ask?
I think it’s pretty effective, but if you don’t want to take my word for it. According to TheWorkoutDigest.com wall sitting can burn a lot of calories and increase your endurance, giving you an entire lower body workout.
So without further ado, let’s get into how to perform this simple, yet highly effective exercise.
How to Perform a Wall Sit Exercise
Bend your knees at 90 degrees and keep your back straight against a wall. The ideal level of your thighs should be as if you are seated on a chair. Thighs should be almost parallel to the floor.
Apply a pushing force on the wall with your back and flex your quadriceps. Ensure that the glutes, lower and upper body are all fixated against the wall. It will exert more pressure on the target muscle group.
Hold this position for 4-12 seconds and do 5-6 sets of these.
Make sure you exhale and inhale fully while doing this.
Slowly raise yourself to the original position. You will feel the burn in your leg muscles as you go up, at this juncture pay attention to your breaths.
If you’re still confused on how to perform wall sits or aren’t sure if you’re performing the exercise right, don’t worry! I got you covered. Just check out the video below.
Wall Sit Exercise Video
Final Thoughts on Wall Sitting
I highly recommend giving wall sitting a try.
It will burn the muscles in your legs like no other because you will constantly be fighting against the pull of gravity by keeping your legs bent as if you were sitting in a chair, only that there is no chair.
Imagine trying to sit down in a non-existent chair that only has the back supporting you and no seat.
Wall sitting is a simple, yet highly effective exercise that you can do either at the gym or in the comfort of your own home.
You never know. You might actually grow to like this exercise much like how I did and it may very well be the exercise that you need to take your physique to the next level.