University Recreation


Lateral Lunge

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Quadriceps, Adductor, Glutes
Secondary Muscles: Abductor, Hamstrings
Body Area: Legs, Glutes
Modality Types: Free Weights Free Weights, Body Weight Body Weight, Accessories Accessories
Equipment: Dumbbells, Barbell, Medicine Ball, No Equipment

Lateral Lunge Lateral Lunge

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Stand with feet together and a dumbbell in each hand, or use a barbell and pull your shoulders back
  • Lift chest and look straight ahead
  • Step out to the side and bend knee to 90 degrees while keeping back leg straight as you lower your hips
  • Once knee is at 90 degrees, pause briefly then slowly straighten your legs and push yourself back into starting position with legs
  • Make sure your knee does NOT travel past your toes in the down position!
  • This exercise can be done by alternating legs, using weights, or a medicine ball


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