Not the most glamourous of moves in the book but nonetheless, a goody. A very goody for strengthening and shaping the legs. Not only will your aesthetics alter with lunges, you’ll also firm your lower body muscles, improving your speed and athletic performance.
The beauty of this exercise, is its ‘anywhere goes’ nature. You don’t have to be limited to the gym and if you so wish, can walking lunge all the way to the shops. We can intensify the exercise by adding weights and changing the tempo (speed at which it is executed)
When performed correctly, lunges engage several muscles in the lower body and if truly performed correctly, even your core. In the first instance you should be using the glutes, hamstrings and quads when moving your leg forewords.
It is important to keep the core tight and controlled throughout performing the exercise. The knee of the leg you lead with should always point in the same direction as the foot.
You want to aim for the back knee to just be about touching the ground and heel pointing towards the ceiling.
Begin standing with your feet shoulder width apart
Step forward with leading leg, felcing the knee to drop hips.
Lower until your rear knee nearly touches the gorund at a 90degree angle
Drive through the heel of your lead foot and extend both knees to raise back up to upright position.
Step forward with rear leg and repeat.