With the Lateral Lunge, we’re introducing a side-to-side motion that will load our hips in the all-important “frontal” plane.
This is a dynamically challenging exercise. Start with a smaller step when you’re first learning. Make sure to dial in alignment as instructed in the video.
Should you start at the bottom?
Success with this movement begins and ends with “owning” the bottom position. With good alignment and positioning. As such, I often instruct athletes to START with that bottom position so that they know where they’re going when they get there.
Chunking it is the key. This is one of those movements, like many others, where you’ll benefit from practicing it in sections. Start with the bottom position. Then practice the finish position. Then once that feels comfortable…
…practice moving from the top position to the bottom, stopping there – owning those two positions – then going back to the top to try again.
Chunking it like this is how we learn best. Eventually, you are able to put the entire movement together and then get smoother and more explosive with practice.