Movement of the Week: Elevated Lunges
Hey, it’s Coach Dom here with your Movement of the Week.
Looking to put a little more “oomph” into your workouts? You don’t always have to add more sets, repetitions, or weight to increase intensity. Increasing your range of motion is an often overlooked but fantastic way to challenge yourself and get a more effective workout.
These elevated lunges are a step beyond those regular old lunges you’re probably tired of. Try this instead and see how you feel!
Rear Elevated Lunges
Start off by standing on a step platform, hands on your hips.
Step back off the platform, lowering your knee nearly to the floor. The movement is the same as a traditional rear lunge but, because your front foot is elevated, you’ll be increasing your hips’ range of motion.
Why It’s Great
Aside from working your thighs, glutes, and calves, you’ll be increasing your hip mobility.
Most people I train spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk, which is the opposite of physically challenging. But even if you jog five miles every day, you’re not encouraging your body to move beyond what it’s already used to.
Repetitive movements (or non-movements) cause your joints to tighten, which leads to injury and strain.
By adding more movement in all three dimensions to your workout, you’ll be introducing yourself to new muscles, increasing your mobility, and building a greater functional strength that’ll help you in your daily life.