How to Do a Lunge the Right Way

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January 3, 2016
correct lunge form
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Who needs to trek to the gym when you can get your workout done inside with no equipment required? The lunge is one of the foundation movements for fitness workouts. When done correctly, lunges can help strengthen the hamstrings and the glutes—which is why they are commonly used in running warm-up routines. 

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How to do it:
1. Start standing tall, feet together, core engaged, shoulders back.
2. Lift one leg off of the ground, and take a large step forward. Then, begin to lower your body toward the ground until your thigh is parallel to the ground below, forming a 90-degree angle at the knee. Make sure your back knee is only a couple inches above the ground, and your front knee is directly above your front ankle.
3. Push back to your starting position with the heel, not letting the toes drag on the ground.

correct lunge form