Simple Tweak To The Lunge To Fire Up The Core

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 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 simply changing your hand position.

Simple Tweak To The Lunge To Fire Up The Core

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I am going to get Alix to demonstrate.

In a traditional dynamic forward lunge, you step forward, drop your knee, and then return to the starting position. This type of lunge exercise is very leg, knee and hip dominant, so it really focuses on the lower body.

Traditional Lunge

Traditional Lunge

If you wanted to fire up and challenge your core, change your hand positions. Bring your arms straight overhead, holding them there while moving into the lunge position. In this position, we have increased the lever of the body (how long the body is), putting more emphasis on the core/abdominal area.

Arms Overhead Lunge

Arms Overhead Lunge

Progress this exercise even more by bringing weights or resistance into it. Use dumbbells and move them overhead. 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 exercise is by taking one of the dumbbells away and just going with a single dumbbell. By doing this, we have offset the weight and now the body is imbalanced. This challenges the knee stabilizers, the hip stabilizers and the core a lot more.

Single Dumbbell Overhead Lunge

Single Dumbbell Overhead Lunge

The traditional lunge works the lower body. The arms overhead lunge challenges the core and fires up the core. The overhead movement is excellent when it comes to shoulder health because most people avoid it. This 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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