The major body shaping advantage of learning the lunge is that it works not only the quadriceps and the hamstrings, but also the calves and glutes through a greater range of motion than other leg exercises. In layman’s terms, greater range of motion equates to improved flexibility and in turn a great pair of legs.
Known as the one of the best exercise for your legs; the lunge is your ticket to showcasing those stems. Colder temperatures may be keeping the legs covered now, but bare-leg weather will be here before you know it. It’s time to hit the gym or home workout and learn how to get those legs long and lean before spring.
To execute the traditional bodyweight walking lunge:
The lunge isn’t called the “King” for being traditional. In fact, this exercise has thousands of variations. Some of the top variations include: (scroll below to see visual demonstrations)
Tips to keep in mind during any lunge exercise:
(1) to prevent back injury, always maintain an erect spine and keep your abdominals engaged the entire exercise
(2) move between legs slowly to maintain proper form and balance, you will more likely reap more benefits by executing your lunge slowly.
As you progress you your coordination will improve and you will lunge deeper increasing your range of motion. To challenge yourself further, you can always add weighted dumbbells or barbells increase muscular strength and adding additional lean mass to your legs.
Now pop in your ear buds, blast some ZZ Top “She’s Got Legs,” and start lunging your way to spring.