Unlike other forms of lunges, which are push-movement leg exercises, the slide lunge introduces a new move. “The great thing about the slide lunge is that you can get a challenging workout at home,” says Mitch Chilson, director of strength and conditioning at Evolve Martial Arts and Men’s Health advisory board member.
If you don’t own Valslides (pictured right), you can still perform the exercise using a small towel on a smooth surface.
Your lower body houses the largest muscle groups in your body. “Giving them their proper due in your strength-training routine will enable you to move farther and faster, and improve your stability,” Chilson says.
HOW TO DO IT
1 Place 1 foot firmly on the floor with your toes in the middle of the slide or towel.
2 Keep your hands on your waist and slide foot backwards until your knee almost touches the ground.
3 Slide your foot forward until your body is in an upright position again. Perform 3 sets of 8 reps.
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“Focus on pulling your back leg forward with your glutes,” says Chilson. “To keep yourself stable, maintain a tight midsection and proper posture.”