The lunge as I am sure you know is a popular exercise that focuses on strengthening and toning your thighs and buttocks. You can perform the forward and backward lunge with simply your bodyweight, or by using a barbell or dumbbells to increase the resistance of the exercise. Even though both variations are extremely similar, there are in fact some benefits that come with performing one over the other.
The reverse lunge targets the same muscles as the forward lunge but can provide fitness enthusiasts with a safer option. How you may ask? The reverse lunge reduces the stress placed on your knees because it is easier to form the 90-degree angle between your thigh and calf while keeping your knee aligned with your ankle. Unlike the forward lunge which if performed incorrectly can cause knee pain due to the wrong angle between your thigh and calf. Not to mention that taking a step forward can make it hard to maintain stability because you are shifting your bodyweight to the leading foot, while during the reverse lunge the weight remains on the forward, stationary leg resulting in a more stable and secure movement. All strong arguments to why the reverse lunge might be slightly better than the forward lunge – it targets the same muscles more safely.
To learn how to properly perform the reverse barbell lunge – check out the video below for a breakdown of the form behind the great exercise in the vide below!
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