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January 28, 2010 / mybodynbalance

Exercise of the month: LUNGE

Description: Standing, hold dumbbell in each hand, lunge forward with one leg landing on heel then forefoot, lower down until knee of other leg nearly touches floor. Return to standing position and repeat with other leg. (Do not hyperextend knee over the foot)
Tips: Look straight ahead, arch back slightly inwards, keep back upright. CHIN UP!
Variations: Rear lunges can be done which basically emphasize the same muscles.  Long lunges (striding further away) emphasize the glutes while short lunges emphasize the quads.

WHAT IT WORKS: Quads (front of thigh),  Glutes (butt), Hips & Hamstrings (back of thigh).  Wider lunges also work calfs.

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