While I’m notoriously bad at keeping up with a workout routine, leg workouts are my jam. I could do lunges day-in and day-out if need be, until my legs turned into a pair of tree trunks.

Unfortunately for my proto-trunks, bodies — including yours — need variety in their workouts. When you mix things up, you’ll exercise different muscles and maximize your results. You’ll also give the rest of your body time to rest and repair. Most importantly, it’s just more fun.

If that sounds good to you, try the Sasquatch Workout. It keeps you entertained with innovative exercises that employ out-of-the-box materials like fish and woodland creatures combined with protein-packed Jack Link’s jerky. What follows are two leg workouts, with their proper technique. (Read up on the arm workouts here.)

Beaver Squats

Squats are simple, since they only require your legs. What’s tough is nailing the technique, especially when you’re holding a beaver. In fact, most things are hard with a beaver. Beavers are vicious, their teeth never stop growing, their tails are basically small oars, and their fur is waterproof. Freaky little rodent-boats that weigh from 24 to 71 pounds.


I really don’t like rodents of any kind, so I skipped the beaver. Instead, I tried a 24lb medicine ball, which is on the lower end of the beaver scale. I figured a baby beaver would be cuter and cuddlier to hold while squatting. Here’s the proper technique:

Step 1: Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, holding your beaver away from your body with straight arms. My tendency was to let the medicine ball rest on my stomach, so watch out for that.
Step 2: Bend your knees, making sure they stay in line with your toes. Hold the beaver out as you squat, because it will bite you.
Step 3: Keep lowering your legs until your quads are parallel to the floor.
Step 4: Extend your legs back to standing. Repeat.

The Turtle Squash

This exercise is really just a variation of a step-up, which is so basic it can be done anywhere, using a platform of any height, such as a book, a staircase, or a box — or a box turtle! Turtles are notoriously slow, so I figured this one would be easy. Unfortunately, New York City is lacking in turtles (and reptiles in general, apart from subway crocodiles), so I snagged a small step at my gym and got to work. Remember to do half your reps on one foot, then the remaining half on the other.


Pro Tip: To increase difficulty, strap on some ankle weights or hold a squirrel in each hand.

Step 1: Stand in front of the turtle with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Step 2: Lift your right foot onto the turtle (it’s OK, he’s tough).
Step 3: Press through your heel to bring your left foot to meet your right on the turtle.
Step 4: Step back down with your right foot followed by your left.

That’s it! Pair these moves with the Pike Press and Salmon Swing for a solid, full-body workout that doesn’t require any fancy equipment or a decked-out gym. And after you’re done, remember to fuel up with some protein-packed Jack Link’s jerky. Your Sasquatch bod is so close.

Nandita Raghuram is a Senior Writer at Studio@Gawker. She tweets here.

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Jack Link’s and Studio@Gizmodo.