3 Lunges for Leaner Thighs

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I sort of kind of already miss some of the comforts of my home back in the states!  Slowly but surely, I'm still recovering from jet lag and will soon start a new routine.  I haven't found or joined a gym here in Thessaloniki yet, so weight-free workouts that don't require a lot of space are my best friends right now!

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 My upper body is a bit leaner than my lower body so I have to make sure I don't miss too many leg workouts.  Although quite typical, lunges are really effective.  Lunges work your quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.  When you add in different variations or even a superset, you will definitely feel the burn!  

 Standard Reverse Lunge

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 Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.  Take a step backward, landing on your toes and lower your self to a 90 degree angle.  Push back up through your heel back to your starting position. To add a challenge, instead of returning to your original stance, bring your knee up to your chest then back to lunge position. 

 Curtsy Lunge

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Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.  Take a step back with your left leg going to the right so your thighs cross.  Bend your knees as if you were curtsying. Return to your standing position.  To add a challenge, after you've returned to standing position, add in a side leg raise.

 Lateral Lunge

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Start with your feet shoulder width apart.  Step out to the right, push your hips back and squat.  Return to start position.  To add a challenge, bring your knee up to your chest instead of returning to start position.

TIPS:

  • Be sure your knees do not pass your toes because this adds more stress to your joints.  
  • Make sure the other knee does not hit the floor.
  • Keep your body upright with your shoulders back.

To create a full workout, perform each exercise for 3 sets of 12 reps.