How to Do
How to Do Side Lunge Reach, Anterior
The side lunge reach anterior should begin with good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.
If any pain is experienced, immediately stop the side lunge reach anterior.
Beginning Side Lunge Reach Lunge
1. Maintain a tall posture throughout the exercise and good stability through the belly.
2. Begin with a thorough dynamic warm up before starting this exercise. This engages the nervous system.
Side Lunge Reach Lunge Movement
1. This exercise involves a forward lunge with a two arm side reach.
2. Perform a forward lunge; for description see lunge frontal in the exercise library.
3. In the deepest part of the lunge, overlap your hands and reach sideways to the same side as the lunge leg at chest height as far as you can, maintaining balance - as shown.
4. Push back to your starting position.
5. Pay close attention to the video to observe the dynamics of this motion.
6. The goal is to reach as far as you can within your abilities.
7. Only allow a range of motion that can be balanced / controlled - if you lose balance, decrease your range of motion until you reach your threshold of success.
Side Lunge Reach Lunge Benefits
Side lunges, also known as lateral lunges, can help you strengthen your thigh muscles while increasing flexibility. You can also take a walking lunge to get your heart rate up and keep your body moving. Lunges with a torso twist work the abdominal muscles.