On a mission to tone and tone your lower half? Boo, we have you. Add some lunges to your lunch break and you’ll be feeling sculpted and strong in no time.
Lunge steps provide additional momentum for beginners and athletes. You are a fan of runners and bikers because the resistance to body weight trains your legs, hips and back while keeping everything supple and stable.
Do you want to add some downtime to your daily routine? Let’s dive into the basics and the benefits.
Remember what your PE teacher said: do your stretches first!
- Stand upright and hip-width apart.
- Rest your hands on your hips for stability.
- Tighten your abs.
- Shift your weight forward as you take a large step in front of you and raise your back heel.
- Sink down until the leg you step forward is at a right angle (thigh parallel to the floor, shin perpendicular).
- Press on your front heel as you push back down to the starting position.
- Repeat on the other side.
BONUS MOVEMENT: Increase your lunges by adding dumbbells. Take two dumbbells and hold them by your side, palms inward, as you perform the movement.
This increases the burn in your core while you maintain balance and control of the lunge.
#Lungelife offers more than just firm thighs. Here is the overview:
1. You will get closer to all weight loss goals
Do you want to boost your metabolism? Building muscle mass helps.
Lunge steps work on several large muscle groups in your body – your legs and buttocks. Building muscle and reducing body fat can help you lose excess weight faster.
To build muscle faster, use heavier weights with your lunges. You can also incorporate lunges into your circuit training.
2. You become balanced
With lunges, you only work on one side of your body at a time. This makes them one-sided rather than bilateral.
Research shows that one-sided training is most helpful in improving balance and regaining strength and coordination after an injury.
Lunge steps force your spine and core to stay in balance, which has a positive effect on stability.
3. You will become more aligned
When you’re dealing with poor posture, imbalance, or misalignment, lunges can help.
By focusing on one side of your body at a time, you can build strength and stability both Pages. This prevents common exercise problems like overusing your dominant side or overcompensation due to sore muscles or old injuries.
4. You will feel bigger
OK, so exercise can’t make you grow, but it can improve your posture, so you can appearance greater.
Lunge steps strengthen your back and core. A stronger back = a longer back because you are sitting straight and standing up.
1. Stationary lunges = core strength
Because your front leg is used for strength and your back leg for balance, your glutes, quads, and hammies will be burned even if you jump in place.
But remember, shape is there everything. Proper alignment and gentle, even movements provide you with an excellent basis for trying out other fun lunge variations.
2. Lateral lunges = toned thighs
Side lunges, also called side lunges, are performed from side to side instead of front to back. In addition to your glutes and back, they work your hips and inner and outer thighs. Side lunges can also help smooth out cellulite.
When adding side lunges to your exercise routine, focus on squeezing your outer thighs as you lung. This will give you the greatest momentum in your endeavors.
3. Walking lunges = better coordination
To do a lunge, move smoothly from one leg to the other in a forward motion (rather than sitting back by standing up each time). This will test your coordination, but the effort will tone your core, hips, and butt.
By consistently doing lunges, you can also improve your daily range of motion.
Do you want to raise the stake? Add torso twists or carry dumbbells during your lunges.
4. Reverse Lunges = muscle training
Reverse lunges are exactly what they sound like – backwards instead of forward.
These create the same muscle building and give your knees and ankles a break. If you have joint problems, reverse lunges should be your place to go.
Since walking backwards requires more focus, you may need to take it slowly first. It will help you train your muscles to work differently which is a great asset to your exercise routines.
5. Twisted lunges = tighter abs
Do you want to take your lunge routine to the next level? Add a twist. Whether you twist and turn during your stationary, walking, or reverse lunges, you will feel the burn in your abs and glutes.
Since twisting can throw you off balance, you also need to focus on working the muscles in your feet.
6. Knicks lunges = steel buns
If you do tight lunges, your glutes will feel like they’re on fire … but they look like them too. This variation of the lunge shapes your bum and thighs, and helps you get stronger in general.
Bonus: Strong glutes support your back and knees, so tight lunges help relieve sore joints.
Carry dumbbells or a kettlebell during your curt lunges to deepen the burn.
7. Lunge squat combination = strength lesson for the lower body
Lunge steps and squats are the OG workouts for the lower body. If you’re just starting out – or if you have back problems – start with lunges. When you’re feeling strong, add some squats.
Since lunges and squats target the same muscle groups, you can play around with your workout to see which one you prefer. You may prefer one set of lunges for every two sets of squats (or vice versa). Either way, you will see and feel results.
Which muscles will you strengthen?
Lunge steps help you stand taller, gain flexibility, and increase your overall strength.
Lunge steps strengthen and tone your:
- Quads and hamstrings (front and back of your thighs)
The race wins slowly and steadily. Whether you’re adding lunges to an existing workout routine or just doing a few every morning, stay consistent to see results.
You’ll likely notice a difference before anyone else does. That’s because one of the first parts of building muscle just feels stronger.
After a few weeks, you may notice a difference in muscle tension and tone. Regular lunges can also lower your body fat percentage after a few weeks.
It may take a few months for others to notice your muscle growth immediately.
For the best results, do 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 lunges on a regular basis. That means 16 to 36 lunges per workout. You can increase your results by doing as many reps for each lunge variation.
If you feel like things are getting too easy or you are no longer seeing results, add more variations, carry weights, or just increase your repetitions.
- Lunge steps are great, no-frills workout for your core, glutes, and legs.
- Physically, lunges build muscle. Additionally, you will likely notice an overall increase in strength and confidence.
- The correct shape is key. Master stationary lunges before continuing with twists, reversals, and other varieties.
- Lunge steps aren’t just for weight loss. They are great for tightening and strengthening bodies of all sizes.
- Exercise is more than visible results. Remember to relax and enjoy the movement of your body.