Do a Side Lunge the Right Way

Just because you're bundling up doesn't mean you get to skip leg day.

January 24, 2016
side lunge
Rodale Wellness

Who needs to trek to the gym when you can get your workout done inside with no equipment required? The lunge is a popular movement that lifts the booty and works the leg muscles. The side lunge is a bodyweight move that, when done right, uses the butt, hips, legs, and thighs. Here's how to get it done:

1. Stand with your feet hips-width apart. Your hands can be wherever you find them comfortable, in a position that helps you balance throughout the movement. Keeping your core engaged and your head held high, pull the shoulder blades back.

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2. On the inhale, slowly step out to the right with the toes facing forward. Firmly place your foot on the floor, and slowly shift your weight to the right, pushing the hips backward in the process, similar to how you would do in a squat.

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3. Your goal is to keep the left leg as straight as possible. On the lunging foot, your right knee should be aligned with the second toe of your right foot, making sure not to lean too far forward. 

4. Return back to start, pushing firmly off of the right foot. Repeat 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps.

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