In today’s video workout I’m sharing three lunge variations that you could add to your workout routine. Beginning with the simplest regression (a back lunge) and finishing with the most advanced variation (a jumping lunge) this video will have all your lunging needs sorted!
For some of you, any kind of jumping/plyometric movement might be off-limits – and that’s ok. But if your knees are up for a little more impact, then adding a jumping lunge into your routine can add a real boost to your fitness.
But the problem is that many people — trainers included — go about doing jump lunges (or split lunges as they’re also called) totally wrong. The goal of the movement is to simply switch the lunge from one side to the other, which doesn’t actually require a large range of motion.
Perfecting your jump lunge makes things easy on the joints & challenging for the muscles…Oh yes, I can feel your excitement from here!
When To Do Jump Lunges
Bodyweight workouts are the perfect place to add plyometric movements, like the jump lunge. Take 6 – 24 repetitions, and place the movement in between two low impact exercises.
Pay Attention To …
- Start with the back lunge. Perfect it.
- Move on to the front lunge. Get really comfortable there.
- Add the split jump, only if it feels ok for your body to advance.
Tip: To increase the challenge without the jump, simply hold a pair of medium weights during the first two regressions.
- Keep your bodyweight in the heel of your front foot during each lunge.
- Draw your navel to your spine and keep the back straight.
- Only jump on a floor that is in good condition —wood or carpet is best, concrete is never ok.
- Wear proper shoes.
- Keep it low and slow.
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