Primary muscles: Glutes, quads, inner thighs
Secondary muscles: Hamstrings
Equipment: No equipment
SIDE LUNGE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart.
2. Step out to the side and transfer your weight to that leg.
3. Use your lead foot to push you back to the starting position.
4. Repeat and then switch sides.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
When doing the side lunge, pull your abs in, keep your back straight and face forward. Don’t step too wide to the side, breathe in and keep your knees pointing in the same direction as your feet. Keep both heels flat on the floor and, as you breathe out, use the lead foot to push you back into the starting position.
The side lunge adds a lateral movement that is often neglected in more traditional lower body exercises, such as squats and forward or backward lunges. This lateral movement targets the inner and outer thighs and helps to strengthen and tone those areas of your legs. This is also an excellent move to strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes, which makes the side lunge a very complete lower body exercise.
SETS AND REPS
You can start with just 1 set of 10 to 15 reps and add to the number of sets and reps over time, until you’re able to complete 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps on each side. Increase the challenge by holding a set of dumbbells, and work your upper body at the same time.
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