How to Do Functional Lateral Lunge
This exercise is best for those who have good CORE strength and adequate flexibility in the hips and legs. There should be no pain, injury, or weakness in the knees, legs, or hips.
Maintain good form throughout this exercise. Keep the chest high and the tummy drawn. Make sure the shoulders, head, and neck remain front-facing during this movement. Be aware of how your body responds to this exercise. Should any pain or discomfort be encountered during this exercise, discontinue it immediately.
Beginning Lateral Lunge
Stand tall with the hands on the hips. Roll the shoulders back and keep them pressed down. Suck in the tummy in an effort to make the navel touch the spine. The feet should be positioned shoulder-width apart. Focus the eyes straight ahead and keep the chest high.
Lateral Lunge Movement
1. Take a large step to the left and lower into a side lunge landing on the heel. Both feet should face forward. The left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle while the right knee should be slightly bent. Stay in the lunge briefly. Push-off through the left heel, and return the left leg to the starting position. Repeat the same steps and lunge to the right. Perform the desired number of repetitions alternating left and right lunges.
Lateral Lunge Benefits
Lunge-Functional Lateral is an intermediate exercise that improves strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination in the CORE, hips, and legs.