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How to Do a Side Lunge

Step Right Into Side Lunges

Side lunges offer a new take on regular lunges. They allow you to work your hips, glutes and thighs a bit differently than traditional squats and lunges while still targeting the major muscles of the lower body. They offer a really good workout and are friendly on the knees, reducing the risk of injury. First, start with your body weight. Once you get the movement down, add dumbbells for more of a challenge. Here is how to do them:

  • Holding a pair of dumbbells, stand with your feet and knees together.
  • Take a large step with your right foot to the right side and lunge toward the floor.
  • Make sure your right knee does not extend past your toes and keep your left leg relatively straight.
  • Push off through your right foot to return to the start to complete one.
  • Do three sets of 10 on each side.
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SexyFitLatina68 SexyFitLatina68 4 years
I am incorporating this on my next leg day! Getting a bit overwhelmed with the lunges as it is hurting my knees a bit and looking at this alternative I will give it a try!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Lunges rule!! I have been doing the forward ones for some time...and when i saw a short video on here showing the side-lunges, i began attempting them. i felt weird at first doing these...but after doing them last night, im a little sore this morning in a good way. So i think i will add the side-lunges to my routine from now on! ;)
klandrach klandrach 9 years
I use these in my "lunge circle" which includes 10 to the front, 10 to the side and then 10 to the back. I like to use a little weight though to make them more challenging.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I really like doing side lunges; we do these in my toning class all the time and they really do work.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I finally tried walking lunges for the first time on Friday, and it's now Monday and my legs and butt still hurt! But in a good, I know I got a great workout sort of way. Yay for lunges!
schmexy schmexy 9 years
hmm, sounds cool! i think i'll like these better than the regular lunges :P
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
Because of all of the hoopla on sugar about lunges (and squats) being a leg and butt miracle move I am starting to add them into my routine.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lunges are the perfect anywhere exercise!
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