The Lunge Exercise

The lunge is a classic fitness exercise for the lower body, which helps the flexibility of the hips and hamstrings, and the strength of the buttocks, hamstrings and hip flexors. There are many variations of the lunge exercise - here is a general description of the lunge, with a few other variations described below.

Equipment Required: depending on the variation, you may need dumbbells, a long hallway or similar area, and a hill.

Basic Technique

  1. Stand upright. Step forward with one foot.
  2. The toes of both feet should be facing straight ahead.
  3. Be sure your legs are aligned - your front knee should be aligned with the foot.
  4. Lower your back knee towards the floor.
  5. Push back up to the starting position.
  6. Concentrate on squeezing your buttocks to push yourself up, and keep the abdominals tight and the lower back in a neutral position.
  7. Throughout the exercise, maintain the body in an upright position and avoid leaning forward.

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