Walking Lunge Exercise

Walking Lunge Exercise

The Walking Lunge exercise is a great strength training exercise. It works the quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes, and core. Walking Lunges are a core part of a lower body routine. Dumbbells or barbells can be added to increase difficulty. If you go fast, they can also be used for aerobic activity. The walking lunge is similar to a normal lunge, but you move yourself forward as you do each one.

Walking Lunge ExerciseIn the walking lunge, your back leg is carried forward as you move along. After the previous lunge you just move forward for the next repetition. This creates the ‘walking’ lunge motion. You can also transform the exercise into plyometric lunges, or split squat jumps. This is achieved by jumping explosively in between jumps. To work both sides of your body, make sure to switch legs before each jump.

Many athletes and celebs use the Walking Lunge exercise to strengthen their lower bodies for their routines:

Jumping Lunges

power moves marco borges trainer

Their trainer, Marco Borges, says when doing Jumping Lunges:

Use your legs as springs. Coil when you land to absorb and reduce the impact. Keep your back straight.

Walking Lunge Instructions

When doing the Walking Lunge remember to:

  • bend your knees 90 degrees for a full range of motion
  • don’t step too far, or you will exert pressure on your knee
  • stop if you experience pain in the knee

Here are the steps to performing the Walking Lunge exercise. Master the Walking Lunge by going slowly at first, instead of forming any bad habits by going fast. If you go too fast, you are likely to forget to bend all the way down so your leg is 90 degrees to your body.

  1. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart, this is your starting position.
  2. Step forward with right leg and lower your body to 90 degrees in both knees.
  3. Don’t step out too far, and drop into a deep lunge.
  4. There should be 2 to 2.5 feet between your feet at this point.
  5. Keep your forward heel in contact with the ground as you drive back up
  6. Make sure to keep your weight on your heels to maintain balance.
  7. From here, push up, bringing the rear leg forward until you are standing straight again.
  8. Slowly step forward with the back foot to the next lunge position.
  9. Step forward with opposite leg and repeat, walking forward for all reps.
  10. Aim for 20 reps with each leg, and repeat for a standard 3 sets.
  11. Add dumbbell or barbell weight to increase strength training.
  12. Try to “walk” further each time, but don’t over-extend your lunge past 90 degree bends.

The Walking Lunge exercise gets harder the more dumbbell or barbell weight you add to the routine. For example, you may want to start with a 10 pound weight. The next week you can try going to 15 pounds. The quicker you move your feet, the more aerobic the exercise is, and the more calories you burn. Still, try to plant your feet firmly every lunge.

So, try to:

  • Increase the distance and speed you go over time.
  • Survey your terrain for obstacles before beginning the exercise.
  • Avoid injury by firmly planting your feet before moving them again.
  • Add plyometric jumps to your walking lunges.
  • Add Glute Kicks, like the trainer does below.
  • Try Jumping Lunges (see above)

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