Monday, December 28, 2009

Move of the Week: Reverse Lunges

The Move: Reverse Lunge

Lunges are great for the butt and thighs but add a little movement with the lunge and you get a great butt and thighs plus a strong core and improved balance

Muscles Worked: Thighs, Gluts, Core

How to:

  1. Start by taking a large step backwards placing most of the weight on the toe of your back foot and the heel of your front foot.
  2. With control, bend both knees until each are at a 90 degree angle. It is okay to come up on the back toes.
  3. Slowly raise back up without locking the knees and step the back foot forward to the starting position.
  4. Do all reps (12) on one side and then switch sides and repeat.

Trainer Tips:

  • Check yourself out in a mirror to make sure that your front knee remains over your ankle and never goes past the toe (this will project your knees).
  • Keep breathing throughout the exercise.

Make 'em Harder: Grab a set of dumbbells and hold them at your sides while completing your lunges to increase resistance. You can also challenge you balance even more by bringing your back leg up to a 90 degree angle without touching the floor before stepping back into the lunge position.


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