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4/30/13 4:40 P
I'm not sure what kind of surface you do your lunges on, but I've found it much more difficult to have good form and balance on a soft or cushioned surface like an exercise mat. Hard, flat surfaces work better for me.
Go slowly and focus on staying steady. When I try to move too quickly I tend to wobble. Also, if you don't already, try to do them in front of a mirror and make sure your front knee doesn't reach past your toes.
4/30/13 11:19 A
Work on your core, that is where you get your balance. Planks are great for your core. I would also look up other core moves so you can see pictures or videos on what to do. With a strong core you will be able to do lunges and a whole lot of other stuff with great form and you will not lose your balance.
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364 4/29/13 9:13 P
Your post did not specify if you were talking about moving (stepping out) or static lunges so this may not apply. Try static lunges, stand with you feet apart then lower your torso straing down between them until you are in the final lunge position. This will strength your muscles helping you to improve and have better balance. Most balance problems with stepping lunges are caused by leaning forward instead of dropping straight down between your legs with the torso held erect and vertical.
Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 4/29/2013 (22:20)
It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.
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Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.
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Fitness Minutes: (123,795)
4/29/13 6:15 P
Yes, the first time my clients do lunges, they are either holding onto the wall, the smith machine bar, or the TRX.
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9,692 4/29/13 6:06 P
As long as you are not placing any weight on your arms, I would say yes. Back when I was still finding my balance, the trainers in my group classes were fine with you touching something for balance. I would be cautious about *holding on*, though, as that can compromise your form. When I need balance help, I use the tip of my fingers to avoid leaning into my arms and reducing the efficacy of the exercise.
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Fitness Minutes: (22,330)
364 4/29/13 5:32 P
I am having trouble with my knees and maintaining my balance doing lunges. Would it still be an effective exercise if I were to hang on to something to maintain my balance? I assume this issue will resolve in time.
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