The Lunge

Despite everything you’re told Lunges aren’t easy… but they can be.

Despite what dozens of websites and countless trainers may say about them, lunges aren’t easy, but they are truly one of the best lower body free standing exercises one can do.  Not only do they provide a great platform for toning legs and glutes, they offer a great opportunity at improving balance and core strength.

The problem with lunges is that though they look easy, they actually require a lot of thought, and practice to get them right.  Often, the beginner takes up lunges having seen others do them and inevitably they end up doing them wrong.  Improper lunge technique then leads to strain on areas that lead to pain and frustration.

Lunges aren’t just a lower body exercise.  They are a great practice in improving core strength, posture, and balance. In order to establish perfect lunge technique, you need to practice – and go slowly.  Just a few repetitions at a time to start is recommended.

How To Perform a Lunge
Stand tall and straight with your hands on your hips.

Pick a point on a wall in front of you to focus on.  Keep your head up and shoulders straight.

Engage your core muscles (tighten your abs!), take a deep breath, and exhale as you step forward with your right foot.

Keep your upper body straight, with your shoulders back and relaxed and chin up.

Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at a 900 angle.

And finally – keep working at it!

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Images and Information from:  (edited by Mofi)

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