Everytime the dreaded word “lunges” is mentioned in the gym, you can hear a groan going around the group. They are one of the most challenging exercises you can do, particularly if you are strong enough to add weight to them, but do you know why we do them?
In many gyms exercises like lunges are considered an accessory exercise, but in reality they are a vital component of strength and fitness training. They mimic life and sports better than exercises like squats because at no point during a hurling game does an athlete stop, squat and jump. In fact, at any point if an athlete has both feet on the ground at the same time, he is probably resting. Everything is from movement, and lunges replicate this better. They strengthen the main muscles involved like hamstrings, quads, calves and glutes, but they also work your core, your stabiliser muscles like the groin muscles and side glutes.
Because you are working each side individually, strengthening these stabiliser muscles is going to increase your balance, stability and even your coordination, making them an essential exercise for athletes.
Even if you aren’t an athlete, if your goal is to get strong or lose weight, lunges are still vital. They work some of the largest muscle groups in the body, meaning you are going to get much stronger than if you left them out. You will also burn more calories, leading to greater weightloss!