I have been working out consistently for over a year now.  If you are anything like me, I like variety.  I switch from DVD tapes like every week.  Currently I am doing Billy Blanks and just last week I was doing Jillian Michaels for the last year.  I love them both, both are crazy (lol).  I also love to run and do variety on the treadmill too.   I have noticed certain exercises that put me in some serious pain.  I want to get your opinion on what you think. Do you love squats or lunges?  Which one do you prefer or do you like both equally?

Here are a few suggestions and techniques on how to perform these two exercises.

Squats

Why it’s a winner: Squats work multiple muscle groups — the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluts — at the same time.

How to: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Bend your knees and lower your rear as if you were sitting down in a chair, keeping your knees over your ankles.

Squats: Technique Tip

Practice with a real chair to master this move. First, sit all the way down in the chair and stand back up. Next, don’t sit all the way down; barely touch the chair’s seat before standing back up. Lastly, graduate to doing squats without a chair.

Lunges

Why it’s a winner: Like squats, lunges work all the major muscles of the lower body. Lunges also help improve your balance.

How to do it: Take a big step forward, keeping your spine straight. Bend your front knee to approximately 90 degrees. Keep weight on your back toes and drop the back knee toward the floor– but don’t let it touch the floor.

Lunges: Extra Challenge

Try stepping not just forward, but back and out to each side, with each lunge

So, for those of you who work out and do these two exercises, I want to hear from you.  Tell me which one you think works best or are they equally great to get to the results you are working towards?  Tomorrow we discuss push ups and pull up.  OUCH!

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