Hindu Squat

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 07, 2021

The history behind the Hindu Squat originates from ancient India and was an exercise that Indian wrestlers used to build incredible leg strength. Ghulum Mohammed, one of the most famous wrestlers routinely performed 500 Hindu Squats each day to maintain his peak condition.

How to do a Hindu Squat:

In order to properly perform a Hindu Squat, start with your feet about shoulder width apart. Squat down until your buttocks touch or almost touch the backs of your legs. While your lower body is lowering, your hands will rise up. When you get as low as you can lightly graze the floor with your hands. As you come back up focus on your glutes (butt) driving your body back up. Think of it as your source of power for this exercise. Repeat.



Muscle group worked:

Glutes and Thighs

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: For the Hindu Squat even a large number of reps will still cause muscle gain. Shoot for at least 25-30 straight for intermediate. Beginners try for 10-15.

Why Hindu Squats work:

The Hindu Squat works so well because they are done relatively quickly. This quick squat is used to engage all of the leg muscles, not isolate specifically the quads or hamstrings.


Try your best to not have your knees go over your toes. It will be difficult but this improves form and prevents knee injury.


Breath slow and steady as you perform the Hindu Squat

Disclaimer: Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen.

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