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 The benefits of lunges

 

All of my Personal Training clients will know that I do love a lunge. The lunge so often gets passed by but has so many benefits. Take a look at the below point to see why I love them so much! 

  • They work all of the main muscles in the lower body; quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves, and also engage core muscles.
  • They are a functional exercise (replicating movements we make in real life), they use the same muscles that we use when we walk. And we’ve all had to make that lunge to ‘mind the gap’ at some point!
  • They are safe for people with back problems to perform, and they are ‘weight baring’ exercises, which are beneficial to people with conditions such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
  • They are also so versatile. You can step forward, backward or to the sides, you can add weight, or you can add twists, kicks or stretches to your lunges. You can also make lunging easier by using a wall or handrail to support you.
  • They are great for training balance. Lunges require us to train each side of the body independently, so they are a good exercise to improve stability and co-ordination.
  • They can help mobility and flexibility. The lunge position helps to stretch out the hip flexors on the back leg, and any movements, such as rotation, flexion, or kicking that are added to the lunge can help improve mobility through the back or the hips.
  • Just as lunges help with our balance and stability, they help with our core strength too. In order to perform a lunge with correct technique, we have to tighten through the torso to avoid wobbling and losing our balance.

 

You can try this 10 minute lunge workout at home - no equipment necessary!

20 forward lunges

18 backward lunges

16 forward lunges with twist over your front leg

14 backward lunges with a high kick from your back leg

12 lateral windmill lunges

14 backward lunges with a high kick from your back leg

16 forward lunges with twist over your front leg

18 backward lunges

20 forward lunges 

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