THE LUNGE

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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.

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