What should I watch out for in terms of form when doing lunges?
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Oct 20, 2011
Your upper body should remain vertical while lowering down into the lunge. If you lean forward or backward you can lose your balance. While lunging forward, your knee should not go past your toes. While you are in the downward motion of the lunge, your legs should both be at a 90 degree angle and your rear knee should not touch the floor.
Christina Tyler (Indian Trail, NC) on Oct 20, 2011
You should keep your back straight (don't lean forward), use your front leg for support and be sure to reach the back foot as far back as you can, with your knee barely touching the floor. When lifting up, focus on putting your weight on the front foot and lift up through the heel.
Charles Bell (Knoxville, TN) on Oct 20, 2011
Things to watch out for when doing lunges is the upper body form. Individuals should keep the back straight while doing these lunges. If the upper body starts to lean forward, the form is incorrect and could lead to injury.
Deena Clemente (New York, NY) on Oct 20, 2011
You want to keep the knee from the forward leg in aliment with your ankle in a 90 degree angle. Once your knee is exceeding your toes your form is improper and potential injury. Your back knee should bend 90 degree straight down towards the floor with the heel up. Your torso is straight up balancing your weight center.
Mercedes Dunn (Worcester, MA) on Oct 20, 2011
Make sure your knees do not go past your toes to prevent stress on joints. Also make sure your natural arch is in your back. Standing too straight or leaning to far forward or back could lead to injury. When doing a forward, backward, or split squat lunges both legs should be at a 90 degree angle once you are in the down position.
Dan Kritsonis (Bellevue, WA) on Oct 20, 2011
You should avoid any excessive forward movement when you perform lunges. However it is a myth that you should never let your knees go past your toes. Keep your knee aligned over your second toe so that the knee is moving in the same direction as the ankle joint. During lunge or squat movements, begin the movement by pushing the hips backwards before they lower towards the floor (a term referred to as â€œhip hingingâ€). This avoids premature forward movement of the knee by shifting the hips backwards. As we continue to lower our body downward, this creates a healthy hinge effect at the knee, but there comes a time where the knee (tibia) will begin to move forward in order to maintain our balance. If you happen to have long limbs, then it is realistic to expect your knees to move forward over or beyond the toes. Any attempt to prevent this will result in either falling or in a bad squat or lunge technique which places increased pressure on your lower back. So, as long as you teach the lunge / squat movement correctly by first initiating the movement at the hip and avoid premature forward movement of the knee, then it is safe for the knee to move forward.
Claire Moore (Brooklyn, NY) on Oct 20, 2011
You should be attentive to not leaning forward in your lunge. You do not want to feel a stretch on the quad muscle of the leg that is behind you. Be sure that your movement is up and down, not forward and back, which puts strain on your knee. Try 25 lunges per leg every day and you will be pleased with your increased strength and the smooth, defined results.
Joe Barbagallo (New York, NY) on Oct 20, 2011
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