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Why You Should Add Lunges to Your Workout

Learn to Love: Lunges

Lunges are one of those exercises people either love or hate. There is however one powerful reason to love them: they sculpt a lovely tush. They also make your legs incredibly strong, which is a bonus as well.

Considered a compound exercise, lunges work your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves, just like ever popular squats. Lunges, though, require more finesse, since you move through the motion — stepping forward, back, or to the side to lunge. This movement makes your core work more than in a squat, since you need it to maintain your balance as you move through space, especially if you are holding a weight over your head. The push-off motion, to move out of the lunge, and back to standing position translate into function fitness for running, as well as cutting on a basketball court or lunging to make a shot on the tennis court. The lunge has many variations. I like taking my lunges for a walk to help my running. Backward lunges really work my booty, and side lunges work the inner and outer thighs. You can hold dumbbells while you lunge, and you can also add bicep curls and overhead presses too. Holding a weight in one hand and lunging is also a nice challenge to your balance. Or you can always add a resistance band to your lunges as well.

Tell me below if you love or hate lunges.

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ticamorena ticamorena 8 years
I LOVE love love lunges and squats, and have found ways to introduce all sorts of additional equipment (Swiss/ stability balls, resistance bands, weights, steps) to lunge/ squat combination, but because I find almost all lunge/ squats really easy to perform (maybe my African thighs have something to do with this) the only one I find really hits the burn-spot is the lunge exercise where you start with one foot forward and jump into the air to land in a lunge with the other foot forward (so alternate lunges by jumping into a lunge on the opposite foot) and this can be done with forward, backwards and side lunges
Asche Asche 8 years
I'm also in pain, doogirl! This is why I love to hate lunges.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
Well, right now I'm terribly sore from doing the Legs and Back P90X DVD! But I know that they work, and I need firmer legs, so I'll keep at them. Even though I hate them! ha ha ha
Asche Asche 8 years
I also love to hate them. But love that they are a central focus of Wii Active.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I love to hate them! I get really out of breath but feel really accomplished when I'm done.
Advah Advah 8 years
I just never think of lunges, I should! Thanks for the video, Kclulu! How many should I do to start with?
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
Good stuff, those lunges!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I like that you can really feel them immediately!
The-New-Black The-New-Black 8 years
I like lunges in theory, but my knees do not agree with them. Any way to work around this, Fit?
kclulu kclulu 8 years
I love lunges because they work so well and because there are some many variations to try. On variation you don't have listed that I really love for the booty and inner thigh is the curtsy lunge: This realy tightens things up, espcially if you go down really low.
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