Okay, I’m well aware how most people feel about reverse lunges. Trust me, I see it on the faces of my personal training clients as soon as the words come out of my mouth. If you also feel that reverse lunge dread, please keep reading. Sure nobody loves a reverse lunge (well maybe slightly more than walking lunges but we will save that for another post) BUT they are so good for you. When performed properly, the reverse lunge can help you build single leg strength and improve your balance all with a little cardio boost. Adding weight makes the reverse lunge an effective lower body muscle builder.
This is a perfect exercise for all levels. If you are just starting out, begin with bodyweight lunges. As you progress you can begin to add weight using dumbbells and even a barbell. It provides the body an opportunity to move in a direction you may not often travel. The reverse lunge places less stress on the joints which makes it good for those with trouble in their knees, hips, and ankles. If you are having issues with range of motion in any of those joints you can make modifications on how far you lower into the lunge. With so many variations and modifications the reverse lunge is a key component in building a stronger lower body.