Seen at least once a week in the studio is the reverse lunge! This exercise really lights your legs on fire! Typically we perform different variations of the reverse lunge but I am going to break it down for you so you can get the basics for #TrainingTuesday!
- The start position for this movement is to stand upright with feet shoulder width apart.
- Stepping backward, approximately two feet, lower the body down into a split stance while keeping the torso upright. Inhaling as you move down, bring the rear knee to a 90 ° angle without letting it touch the ground. It is important to maintain your balance, as this can be an area of difficulty for some people.
- Power through the legs and exhale as you push yourself back up into the standing position.
- Repeat the form listed above on the other leg!
Things To Avoid:
- When lowering your body into the downward phase ensure the knee on the front leg does not move past the front of the toe. By keeping the leg at a 90 ° you reduce the risk of applying excess strain on the knee.
- To create more challenge for this exercise try holding a set of dumbbells or kettlebells at your sides!
- Try reverse lunging off of a step or even a bosu ball!
Ensuring you are performing the correct posture while executing a reverse lunge is crucial. While you may have trouble balancing during this lunge, this only means you need to work on those stabilizers! Persevere and keep trying!