How to Do a Lateral Lunge to Work Your Inner Thighs and Glutes (Livestrong)

Posted: Apr 23, 2023 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Livestrong on April 23, 2023.


How to Do a Lateral Lunge to Work Your Inner Thighs and Glutes

By Kim Grundy

If you want a body-weight exercise that targets both your inner thighs and glutes, the lateral lunge checks all the boxes. This functional move also works on balance and flexibility — and can be made into a strength-focused exercise by dumbbells.

"Lateral lunges are a great exercise to include in your workouts, as most people don't incorporate enough side-to-side movements in their daily activities or their workouts," Grayson Wickham, DPT, physical therapist and founder of Movement Vault, says. "This leads to weakness and tightness in muscles, which can then lead to poor movement and potentially a future injury."


The body moves in three planes of motion: frontal (side to side), sagittal (forward and back) and transverse (rotational). Incorporating exercises for each of them, like side lunges for the frontal plane, in your regular workouts will help promote muscular balance.


According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), one of the most common mistakes with lateral lunges is stepping out too wide. This causes the knee to fall outside of the foot, which can place too much stress on the knee joint. Make sure you look down (or look in the mirror) to ensure your shinbone is in line with your foot. If not, shorten your stance.

If you can't bend your knee to 90 degrees, just go as low as you can with a flat back.


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