Lateral Lunges - Free Weight
Other types of Lateral Lunges: Bodyweight
Holding two dumbbells, start standing with your feet together and shoulders pulled back.
Step to the right, bending your right knee and leaning slightly forward. Push off your right leg and return to starting position. Repeat to the left.
Use two dumbbells, or omit if you have never done this exercise before and add only after feeling comfortable with your range of motion.
Rectus femoris, Vastus lateralis, Vasuts medialis, Vastus intermedius, Adductor longus, Adductor brevis, Adductor magnus, Gluteus maximus, Soleus
TIP: Be careful that your knee points straight forward, lands over your ankle, and does not twist.
Variations for Lateral Lunges
Use a small step, then a slightly larger step, then a bench to gradually increase your strength and not injure yourself by doing an exercise before your body has the strength for it.
You can also use a step to elevate your front foot, or a Bosu ball to challenge your balance.
Using weights with lunges fatigues your legs faster in order to keep lunges challenging when doing them without weight becomes too easy.
Using a step or platform adds a whole new dimension to lunges since it makes your legs work through a larger range of motion.
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