Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In Love With Lunges

I think I may be THE poster child for workout boredom. I tried looking the phrase up on Wikepedia to see if my picture was there, but it turned out that the phrase itself wasn't even on it... so I guess we'll just have to wait until it's incorporated on the website to find out.

That being said, there has been one tried and true exercise that has never let me down. It's helped me on the road to becoming a runner, it's added 'burn' to my step classes, and I believe that it has actually changed my body for the better.

It's name?

The Lunge.


This wondrous workout is a staple for any trainee. From the football player to the bodybuilder, to the soccer player, to the yogi, the lunge is an all-in-one exercise that gets all of the leg muscles involved, from the tipity toes all on up to the 'a' double 's.'

But wait, there's more! Here is the real genius of the lunge: its ability to involve your body in real action (no machines!) fosters kinesthesia.

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Kinesthesia/Proprioception: the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and the movement of the body and its' parts. *Wikepedia

Why does this matter?

Balance, posture and stability. These things will take you even further in your training. whether it's for a race, skiing, or football.

It was not until recently that I actually spent time researching the lunge. I have, however, been feeling the changes in my running and exercise for much longer. I love feeling the strength in my stride as I run and the ability to jump higher with my burpees. Love

Still not enough motivation to burn those suckers out for five minutes after your spin or aerobic class??!
Here you are. Apparently, when asked what Eva Longoria's secret is to her rock hard glutes, she proudly replies: Lunges, lots of lunges



2 comments:

  1. You would love my scultp class...lots of lunges and burpees. You're going to have to make the trek down to Portland again soon just to come and take a class with me. They really are great!

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  2. Eva is hot. So is the guy in the top pic. Why is the date on dawn's comment TOMORROW (1/6)?

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