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WOW #12: Workouts With Lunges


Work Out Wednesday #12 – Lunge Exercises

Lunges are a great exercise to open up your hips while exercising all of the muscles in your legs such as your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves as well as your lower back. There are a number of variations of lunges you can perform, including jumping lunges for increasing explosive power and also overhead lunges for increasing overhead shoulder mobility and strength. Weighted lunges can be done for building additional strength, but starting out lunging without weights is best until you perfect the movement and are comfortable performing it.

Practicing lunges will improve your hop flexibility and mobility as well as increase your lower body and core strength. Practicing lunges regularly will not only keep you in shape but will keep you feeling good, strong, and flexible.

As a physical therapist assistant working with athletes it is important to understand the correct form of the lunge so that you can properly train your patients on the exercise. Today we will share video on how to do a lunge as well as some lunge workouts.

How to do lunges

This video teaches you the basic fundamentals of doing lunges.

How to do jumping lunges

Learn how to do jumping lunges for increasing strength and explosive power in this video.

Top 20 lunge variations

This video teaches some of the many variations of lunges you can do.

Lunges are a great exercise for athletes to practice that will improve their flexibility, mobility, and strength. Lunge workouts will build muscle on your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core that will improve athletic performance for any sport.

Have you tried lunges? Do you tell your therapy patients to do lunges? If so, tell us about it in the comments below! 🙂

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  1. The other way is to do what I call a static lunge where your starting position is with one of your feet already forward. In this case, you just go up and down from that starting position until you are done with the recommended amount of repetitions. Then you switch legs and do the same.

    • Thanks for the comment. Static lunges are very useful. They can be great for elderly or anyone just getting into exercising, or recovering from an injury. Generally they are a safer movement with less room for error. Another reason static lunges are great is you can focus on one leg at a time and go to failure, creating for a safer more intense workout.

      Thanks again for the comment!

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