Lunges - More Lunges for the Hips, Glutes and Thighs
By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide
Updated September 28, 2011
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One way to add variation and intensity to a traditional lunge
is to try a front and reverse lunge, all in the same exercise. By lunging forward, you're challenging your front hips, glutes and quads to stop momentum against gravity. Stepping back into a knee lift challenges your balance and moving into a reverse lunge on the same leg will work those muscles differently, making this a great overall lower body exercise. Avoid this exercise if you experience any pain or discomfort.
- Begin with feet about hip-distance apart and step forward with the left leg into a lunge. Make sure the knee doesn't go over the toes (although it may go slightly over the ankle).
- Concentrate on landing with the knee bent and the weight in the heel.
- Push into the front heel to bring the left foot back. Touch the floor if you need to and then lift the left knee up to hip level.
- Take the left leg back into a reverse lunge, again keeping the front knee behind the toes.
- Push off the left toes to come back to start.
- Repeat for 8-16 reps on the same leg (on rep includes both a front and reverse lunge) and switch sides. You can also alternate sides.
- Hold onto a wall for balance, if needed. For more intensity, hold weights (as shown).