Variations help add a little spice and pizzazz to life.
Today we are switching up our fitness routine.
Our move is a front lunge with a double arm extension. This exercise will be working the lower body, core, and back. All you need is a little balance.
Begin this move by standing tall, with your feet about hip width apart, hold your chest tall and engage your core. Extend both arms straight out in front of you. You can also overlap your hands for more direction.
Begin this move by stepping forward with one foot. Keep the pressure in your heel, and don’t extend the knee over the toe. With your forward propulsion, be mindful to not put too much pressure on your front knee. Once you reach your deepest lunge, return to your starting position by pushing off of your front bent leg.
From your starting position, proceed with the opposite leg. Lunge forward and reach your arms straight out in front of you. Continue this front lunging motion for at least eight to 10 repetitions. Take a small break in between, then continue on to your next set. Shoot for at least three to five sets.
The arm extension is to intensify the move. If it becomes too difficult or your balance is off, place your hands on your hips.
This forward lunge can be added into any lower body workout, even with your side lunges and back stepping lunges.
Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org