Need a new lunge variation to mix things up or break out of a fitness rut? Try a cross-behind or curtsy lunge. Bodyweight movements like these are often the most effective at tightening and toning the muscles, but to keep your body guessing you need to perform different moves and give yourself plenty of variety. Watch this short video as Chris Freytag demonstrates how this lunge variation can help you specifically target the glute muscles and help you see better results from your workouts.
To perform a curtsy lunge you’ll step with your feet hip-width apart and step one leg back behind you into a “curtsy.” Keep your front knee tracking over the top of your shoes while your back knee points down. Come back up and alternate on the other side. Chris will encourage you to keep your chest lifted and your eyes forward as you continue to lunge, alternating side to side. Utilizing the proper form for your lunges can be the difference between doing repetitive moments that don’t give you any results and effectively training and conditioning your muscles while targeting your trouble spots.
By adding in a curtsy lunge into your repertoire, you’ll increase your range of motion, work different muscles, and effectively tone your glutes and legs at the same time. Be sure to check out our other lunge variations whenever you find yourself craving variety or suspect that you need to mix it up to give your muscles a new challenge. You can’t do the same thing every day if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight through exercise; you have to perform different exercises and give your body the variety it craves! Plus, life is a lot more fun when you get to do different things.