Lateral lunge with side trunk flexion

STRENGTH

What is it and benefits?

Lateral Lunge with Lateral Flexion is an intermediate exercise that increases strength, stability, and mobilization throughout the entire body.


Who should perform it?

 

  • This exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers with excellent CORE stability, flexibility, and strength throughout the body.
  • Any muscle tightness or weakness must be addressed prior to attempting this exercise.



Getting Started:

 

  • Perform a 3-5 minute warm-up using cardio exercises and active stretching.
  • Stand upright with both feet hip-width apart.
  • Suck in the tummy drawing the navel towards the spine. Always return to this starting position.



How to Do the Exercise:

 

  • (Perform a test-run of the following steps prior to increasing speed and range of motion.)
  • Keeping the arms relatively straight, raise them both overhead in a position of surrender.
  • Take one step to the left and bend the left knee while performing a lunge.
  • Simultaneously bend at the waist toward the left side of the body. Return to starting position.
  • The hips, knees, and toes should remain pointing straight ahead.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions alternating steps and bending to each side.



Be Safe!

 

  • Be certain to perform this exercise as long as good form and balance may be maintained throughout.
  • If any pain or discomfort occurs in the shoulders or back, do not attempt to raise the arms overhead.
  • This is not a forced/stretching motion. Discontinue this exercise if the hips, knees, and toes cannot maintain good alignment and/or balance.



Challenge Yourself:

 

  • To make this exercise more challenging, step out wider or bend a bit further.
  • You can also increase the speed and/or increase the number of repetitions.

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