WHY IT’S ESSENTIAL Research shows that lunges rival squats as the ultimate lower-body exercise to tone glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings.
TECHNIQUE AND TIPS To do a basic lunge, take one step forward and drop your rear knee almost to the floor, making sure to keep the front heel on the floor and that knee directly over the centre of that foot. Slowly return to a standing position. Repeat with the other leg. “I like the lunge because it is a multi-joint exercise,” says Pasternak. “The fact that the lunge involves your glutes, quads and hamstrings means there is a lot of synergy in your lower body. This is a great leg strengthener.”
SWITCH IT UP Pasternak recommends incorporating a variety of lunges into your program, and changing them weekly. He has a favourite: walking lunges.