I assume most of you have performed several different types of lunges during your years of training (or maybe not!). I therefore just wanted to explain how you can add a progression to a normal standard forward lunge - by adding some thoracic rotation. A great functional movement which is beneficial for a lot of athletes and sports! Make sure you have done some warm up before so you don't get any injuries!
This is how you do it:
- Start with your hips shoulder width apart
- Take a big step forward with your left leg by bending your front knee and hip (make sure your toes points straight ahead)
- As you step forward you bring your arms straight in front of you (I am holding a baking tool) to shoulder height
- Front leg should have it's knee to about 90 degrees and the same should the back knee (almost touching the floor)
- Once you get to this position you you rotate through your top half of your body by keeping your arms straight - head should follow the movement
- At the end position you just reverse the movement you have just done and repeat on the other side!
Give it a try and see what you think!Start with 6-8 reps on each side to begin with. If you have any tightness in your thoracic spine (like a lot of people do) you might find it harder than it looks.
Let me know how you get on and good luck!