You’re Doing Lunges All Wrong

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By Rodale Wellness

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The lunge is one of the foundation movements for fitness workouts. When done correctly, lunges can help strengthen the hamstrings and the glutes — which is why they are commonly used in running warm-up routines.

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In this week’s installment of Rodale WellnessRight Way series, we’re going to break down perfect lunge technique:

1. Start standing tall, feet together, core engaged, shoulders back.

2. Lift one leg off of the ground, and take a large step forward. Then, begin to lower your body toward the ground until your thigh is parallel to the ground below, forming a 90-degree angle at the knee. Make sure your back knee is only a couple inches above the ground, and your front knee is directly above your front ankle.

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3. Push back to your starting position with the heel, not letting the toes drag on the ground.

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