Lunges are a fantastic exercise for those at the start of their fitness journey and for more experienced gym-goers as they’re low-impact and you can practice them anytime. With so many different variations of lunges, each require slightly different techniques. Here’s 3 common lunge mistakes and how you can avoid them to be able to take full advantage of the benefits of this popular exercise.
Leaning back too much
When you perform a lunge, most of the weight should be placed on your front leg. When you lean back too much, you’ll find you are taking the tension off so the exercise won’t feel as effective. Try to keep your back straight with a tight core. As a side note, a more upright position will target more of your quads, while leaning FORWARD slightly in a lunge will target more of the glutes.
Letting your knee cave inward
Allowing your front knee to collapse inward when you lunge not only limits the effectiveness of the exercise, it also increases your chances of developing possible knee injuries. As you lunge, make sure your front knee aligns with your shoelaces. If you find your knee always falls inward, it may be a sign of weak glutes, so some glute focused exercises such as hip thrusts, abductor machine, sumo squats/deadlifts can help.
Allowing your back knee to hit the floor
Very light knee contact with the ground could be useful as a means to count reps, but slamming your back knee into the ground can be a sign of poor movement control or a lack of single leg strength & stability. Try slowing down the lowering part of the lunge to improve your control, or you can also try reducing the range of motion slightly so that you don’t have to go down as far. Once you improve your form, strength & stability will improve!
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