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Simple Tweak To The Lunge To Fire Up The Core

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Filed Under (Fitness, General) by Rick Kaselj



Okay, I am about to head out and film some more YouTube videos for you. I have about 20 videos that I am going to film. But today, I have a video for you that I did a few weeks back.

In this video, I wanted to go through a little tweak that you can do to the regular lunge exercise in order to challenge and fire up your core. This exercise involves changing your hand position.

Simple Tweak To The Lunge To Fire Up The Core

CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video.

I am going to get Alix to demonstrate.

Alix is going to demonstrate the traditional dynamic forward lunge. She’s stepping forward and then coming back to the starting position. This type of lunge exercise is very leg, knee and hip dominant, so it really focused on the lower body.

Traditional Lunge

Traditional Lunge

Now, if you wanted to fire up the core and challenge the core, we will change where the hand positions are. Alix will bring the arms straight overhead, holding them there and then going into that lunge position. In this position, we have increased the lever of the body (how long the body is) and this puts more emphasis on that core/abdominal area.

Arms Overhead Lunge

Arms Overhead Lunge

Now we can continue and progress it to even more by bringing weights or resistance into it. We are going to use dumbbells and bring the dumbbells overhead. Alix is in that starting position, weights are overhead, body is nice and straight, arms are in alignment with the shoulders and she takes that big step forward. In this position, we have increased that lever and really challenged that abdominal core area a lot more.

Double Dumbbells Overhead Lunge

Double Dumbbells Overhead Lunge

Another way of progressing off this one is taking one of the dumbbells away and just going with a single dumbbell. We have offsetted weight and now the body is imbalanced. Now we challenge the knee stabilizers, the hip stabilizers and the core a lot more when it comes to this exercise.

Single Dumbbell Overhead Lunge

Single Dumbbell Overhead Lunge

The traditional lunge works the lower body. The arms overhead lunge challenges the core and firing up the core. The overhead movement is excellent when it comes to shoulder health because most people avoid it. The exercise is great for happy and healthy shoulders.

Give that little tweak a go. See how it makes your core and abdominal area feel.

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Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS

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