How To Do A Side Lunge

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Side Lunge

The side lunge is an effective lower body exercise that strengthens the quadriceps glutes and hamstrings while simultaneously targeting both the inner and outer thighs. In addition to toning your inner and outer thighs, the side lunge intensely works multiple muscles in your rear end to help shape your butt.

The side lunge works the lower body differently than your typical squat and lunge. This makes it even more effective in toning your lower body since you are moving your body in a side-to-side motion rather than the traditional forward and back. The results of this change mean you now include the inner and outer thighs, which help not only in toning the leg muscles but also adding stability to the hip and knee joints. The strengthening and development of these muscles will establish muscle balance around the hip and knee and prevent possible future injuries. In addition to preventing future injuries, this is a back friendly exercise because this lower body workout requires you to keep your back straight and your chest lifted. The posture during the side lunge improves balance.

This lower body exercise comes in multiple variations. Once you have mastered the side lunge with your body weight, add dumbbells for more challenging exercises.

Here is how to do a Side Lunge:

1) Start standing with legs slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and toes pointed forward.

2) Shift your body weight to one leg bending the knee until it reaches a 90-degree angle and the other leg is straight. Glutes are pressing back behind you.  Return to center and switch sides.

Targets: glutes, thighs, hamstrings

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