Saturday, March 24, 2012

Exercise of the Day: Dumbbell Side Lunge and Touch

Hello everyone!

Getting a lot of requests for lower body and core moves again, so today's Exercise of the Day is the Dumbbell Side Lunge and Touch.

This move works your entire lower body and core and there are not the many steps. Plus, you can do it without the dumbbells and just use your own bodyweight as resistance if you do not have any equipment handy.

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1-Start standing straight, with the dumbbells in each hand, resting at your sides. Be sure that you are creating length in your spine, chest up, shoulders down and back. Have your core and your glutes activated.
2-Step your right leg out to the side, slightly forward of your body, and let yourself come down into a lunge. Be sure to step far out enough that your knee does not bend past your toes.

Form Tip: Make sure that your glutes go straight down and keep your chest and head up. Keep your right thigh parallel to the ground so you do not externally rotate your leg and cause strain to your knees and hips. Your left leg stays straight.

3-Touch the dumbbells so that they straddle your right foot.
4-Pushing through your right heel, return back to the starting standing position.

Repeat this lunge 12-15 on your right leg, then switch sides. Do 3 sets on each leg.

Enjoy!

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