Learn the subtle nuances involved in the lunge exercise and how to boost your performance, maximize your results, and minimize injuries from these simple coaching tips.
The lunge exercise should be a foundational, staple movement in any balanced fitness or strength and conditioning program. It comes in many variations, but the essence of it involves split-stance strength training meant to help build strength in the leg muscles, and stability in and around the ankle, knee, and hip joints, as well as the spinal column in general.
There are forward/reverse lunges, walking lunges, lateral lunges, plié lunges, twisting lunges, and weighted variations of all of the above using dumbbells, barbells, clubbells, kettlebells, and many other training implements. There are lunges that involve slower, grinding strength, and lunges that require more dynamic, plyometric strength. Some are done on flat ground, and others with a box or step.
The bottom line is that the lunge exercise is superb and if you’re not already incorporating them into your program, you absolutely should. And if you have been using them, then the following tutorial will give you all the direction you need to not just maximize the benefits and results you’ll be receiving from them, but also improve your performance and minimize the risk of injury from performing them improperly.