How to Lunge

The lunge is another lower body focused exercise that also develops great strength & condition through the trunk. It's great for developing your postural control. If you don’t keep the core strong then it’s much more difficult to keep the body stable and complete the movement effectively.

At first glance the lunge can seem really easy, but it's one of those moves that is easy to do badly and is often rushed in order to get through a set. When that happens the core goes and the knee rolls forward and you lose the benefit of the exercise.

This is also another key functional movement. It mirrors what we do when we climb stairs or hills. We have to control our body as we shift our weight from one foot to the other and we have to work to control our forward movement so we don't take the strain into the knee.

As with any move you need to think about what you are trying to achieve with that move.

What are we working? Legs, Bum, Core.

How? The basic body-weight move.

When you start working with the lunge it's important to break the move down into it's key stages. This gives you a chance to be stable through the movement so you don't struggle, then as you get more used to the move you can make it more fluid.

That said, don't rush through the phases no matter how good you get.

  • Stand up nice & tall with your feet hip width apart. You can place your hands on your hips or behind your head lengthen the body and engage the core more.