The lunge pattern can be a tricky one to learn, it is essentially a single leg version of a squat so a lot of strength and control is required before you are able to do them unassisted. When you are ready, the reverse lunge is a great place to start. It sets you up square and encourages you to load the right muscles and keep good alignment throughout. There are many variations to how you can load it from using suspension straps to assist the movement all the way to loading weight through a barbell on your back.
Everyone will find lunging in some form useful no matter what their goal. You’ll be able to work both sides of the body indecently highlighting any discrepancies in strength or movement quality from side to side. Remember though, if you are still finding the squat pattern tricky then likely lunges will be very hard to start with.
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Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.