Variations on lunges

MOMSEVERYDAY -- Lunges are one of the most effective exercises for your lower body. They help with stability while working your glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings. The best part? You don’t need any equipment to do several variations.

Certified Athletic Trainer Sandi Robrecht shows us how to safely and correctly perform three different lunge variations.

"We are going to start with the forward lunge. You are going to take one long step towards her and then take your body straight down. So the important thing about the lunge is that this front knee never goes over the top of the toes. You always want to stay behind, and then you’re going to come back to your starting point. Again, really good for balance, super good for lower body toning – keeping your shoulders squared and your chest and your back flat helps engage the core. Good, push forward – there you go. So what Jenny’s doing is she’s going to take a nice wide step to the right. Good, sit back like you’re sitting in a chair, good, all that weight’s over that right side, push back and come back to the middle," Robrecht instructs.

She recommends beginners start with 10 forward lunges and 10 back lunges. Once you get comfortable with that, add in 10 side lunges each way.