Do It Right With Denise: The Perfect Lunge

by Denise Austin | Oct 18, 2018 | Workouts

October 18, 2018

Hi Everyone! Today we are starting a new series: Do It Right With Denise! In this series, I will be showcasing how to properly perform different exercises, from planks and sit ups to push-ups and today’s focus – the lunge! Proper form is so important, as improper form can lead to not getting what you want out of the exercise or even injury to your body.

Today we are going to look at the lunge – this exercise is so great for toning up your legs, thighs and tushie! By doing a properly performed lunge, you are really working the whole lower half of your body, targeting several muscle groups at once. A time-efficient exercise that really works! You will be working the glutes in your tushie and your hips, and the hamstrings and quadriceps in your thighs! Plus, a properly performed lunge uses your abs, your back muscles and your calf muscles as stabilizers, helping to improve stability.

You can modify this lunge by using a chair for stability – simply hold on to it while performing the lunge. And if you have bad knees, only bend your knees slightly – you will still be getting the benefits of the exercise without putting as much pressure on your knees. Aim for two sets of 8-12 reps, resting briefly between sets. Then switch legs and repeat. A true lower body exercise that will tone up the tushie and the thighs!

If you want more target-toning exercises like this, start your free trial of LifeFit 360! I have workouts that target the abs, legs, booty and arms – plus whole body cardio workouts, exercises to lengthen and lean and more! Your 7-day free trial is just a click away – come join me!

 

Let’s get fitter, together – inside and out,

Denise

 

 

Video Transcript

Hi Everyone! It’s Denise Austin. Let’s do it right! Today it’s a lunge. So, think good posture, bring your leg out straight in front of you, bend your knees, keeping it at a 90 degree angle, knee in line with your ankle. Never let your knee go past your toes. That’s too hard on your knees. Keep it nice and strong and straight, and then use the weight through your heels to push off. That way you target tone your buttocks and your thighs. The lunge is one of the best ways to reshape the bottom half. And as you push away, use your heel. That’s it. That works the buttocks, keep it strong and straight. If you want to add weights, go ahead and put them right here or right here for extra challenge. And there you have the perfect lunge.

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