This is a special video for Angela. She asked me…
“Why squats are bad for the back and why lunges are better?”
Why Squats Are Bad and Lunges Are Good?
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I am going to get Orsy to go through a Dumbbell Squat. We are going to highlight why the dumbbell squat is bad for the back and can irritate the back.
Dumbbell Squat (Front View)
What can happen is that sometimes, a lot of people will collapse in the knees which affects the knees and the lower back.
Dumbbell Squat (Side View)
And then also, a lot of people have a difficult time mastering this movement. It’s a little awkward to hold the dumbbell. When your trunk is bent more forward, it puts more stress on your back. A lot of people don’t have the core endurance when it comes to the squat position and having their trunk forward.
The better alternative is doing a Stationary Dumbbell Lunge.
Stationary Dumbbell Lunge (Front View)
The body is a lot more upright. As you can see with Orsy, her trunk is a lot more upright and her spines can handle a lot more upright movement as opposed to bending forward.
Stationary Dumbbell Lunge (Side View)
The bending forward movement leads to more stress and strain on the back. With her back nice and upright, it’s easier on the back. It focuses more on the legs and it puts less stress and strain on the back.
There you go! If you find the dumbbell squat irritating your back but you are still looking for an exercise to help you when it comes to working your legs, look at the lunge. The lunge is better and easier on your back while working your legs.
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Rick Kaselj, MS