Up for a challenge? Try a new exercise this week as you work towards your fitness goals
Published June 15, 2016
In addition to creating well-defined glutes, quads, and hamstrings, the walking lunge strengthens the legs like few lower body exercises do. Unlike its cousin, the squat, the walking lunge focuses on each leg individually when transitioning from one step to the next. Admittedly, most people have a love/hate relationship with this move, as they cringe while doing it but appreciate the results.
- To perform this exercise correctly, place your hands on your hips or above your head and begin by taking a long step forward with your right foot bending both knees.
- The goal is to hover above the ground with your left knee for a split second, before pushing back up from the right heel and bringing the left foot forward. Posture is key, so avoid rounding your back by keeping your chest up and shoulders back at all times.
Go for two to three rounds of 20 repetitions and don’t hesitate to throw in some ankle weights or dumbbells to increase the intensity.