Does anybody know how the two exercises on this video are called?

In fact it seems to be one exercise and a variation of it, but perhaps the variation has a custom name.

I want to search more information about this exercise and workouts, which include it, but to to so I should know how it is called.

If it has different names in different contexts, please let me know.

  • Looks like this is a variation on pelvic tilts is all.
    – JohnP
    Sep 5, 2012 at 18:50
  • Could you describe what is going on in the video instead of just linking to it? If the video disappears, then the questions loses its value.
    – user241
    Sep 6, 2012 at 2:50
  • Yes, I will include it in the next few days. If you want, feel free to edit my question and add the description.
    – Sarah
    Sep 6, 2012 at 5:22

2 Answers 2


I've never seen anyone do it, but I think the full version of the exercise, where you stand all the way up, is called the "Sissy Squat" (sorry for the title):
Sissy Squat
Weighted Sissy Squat

  • FWIW, I'd think that regular bodyweight squats would be more healthy for your knees.
    – DavidR
    Sep 5, 2012 at 20:01
  • Why do you think so?
    – Sarah
    Sep 6, 2012 at 5:21
  • Because a bodyweight squat can be self limiting for range of motion, and the location of your center of gravity in relation to your knees/legs is different. In a squat, your body weight remains pretty much centered over your legs, in this kind of an exercise (sissy squat), your body weight is way behind your knees, which places a much different stress on them. And, if you lose your grip, then all your weight is going backwards.
    – JohnP
    Sep 6, 2012 at 14:38
  • I found this one where it is also called "modifiex sissy squat": fitnessmagazine.com/workout/thighs/exercises/lower-body-workout/…
    – Sarah
    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:25

It looks like a Pure Barre exercise. Pure Barre is a newer version of Callanetics. The techniques use high rep, short range isometrics in specific positions to target deep postural muscles. They both have a basis in ballet and have Pilates type moves. They can be very effective in targeting deep postural muscle.

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