Lunges target the quadriceps, but also build the glutes, hamstrings, calves and core muscles. Stars for toning the lower body, but back friendly too as you need to keep your back straight and your chest lifted. And you can do them anywhere – what a perfect exercise!
They are body-weight exercises but if you want more of a challenge, you can add weights or therabands, increase the number of repetitions or widening your stance.
Lunges target multiple muscles
Lunges target most, if not all, of the muscles in your lower body but also your core, abs and lower back to stabilize you and provide that all important balance. How many times have you wobbled doing lunges because you didn’t engage your core? Using a range of lunges from forward, back, side and deep, utilizes different muscles. A great all round exercise.
Support you in developing balance & co-ordination
Lunges are performed on one leg at a time, independent of the other leg. This is known as unilateral training. Unilateral training improves both balance and coordination.
Used to develop symmetry of strength
Because lunges are performed one leg at a time, you can increase the number of repetitions you do on one side of your body to strengthen your weaker side. This can help you in your chosen sport and reduce the risk of injury due to imbalance.
I hope you can see why I love the humble lunge so very much.
Pic: Saints session using a variety of equipment to develop the lunge into an art form for overall strength.