Fitness trainer Kayla Itsines tackled lunges in the most recent video series on her Instagram page, and her fans are loving it. In the clips, the Australian mother-of-one taught her 12.1 million followers some lunge variations while dressed in a white sports bra and loose-fitting red shorts with all-white sneakers.
“There are so many different ways to do a lunge,” she said in the first video of the series. “So, today I’m going to show you five different ways to do a lunge. Find which one you like best and incorporate it into your workout.”
In the next video, Kayla demonstrated the static lunge and held on to a chair to maintain her balance. In the second, she did a set of reverse lunges, which required her to kick one leg back before she bent both knees. The rebound lunge came next, combining the reverse lunge with the standard version of the exercise. She then did a set of lateral lunges — a move that involved shifting her weight to one side — before moving on to curtsy lunges.
In the caption, Kayla disclosed that she used these exercises to rebuild her lower body strength and balance after she had her baby.
She also offered some additional tips for maintaining perfect form for the exercise, instructing that the back knee should be aligned directly below the hip and that the torso should be upright during the lunge. She also recommended the use of the chair for anyone who struggles with their balance.
The post has attracted over 20,000 likes since it was uploaded and close to 200 people have commented on it so far. In the comments section, fans shared their appreciation for the video.
“Thanks for these variations,” one fan wrote. “This will help me during my workouts”
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LUNGE VARIATIONS After having Arna, I started off using a chair with my lunges to help me build my strength and balance back up. Lunges can be difficult and the stability you get from a chair can really help to build your confidence when you're starting out. There are SO many ways to do a lunge. For anyone who struggled with their lunges in week 1 of the #SWEATChallenge OR wants to make them more difficult, here are 5 variations you can try. Pick which one works for YOU and incorporate it into your training. Keep swiping right to increase the level of difficulty! ✅Static Lunge ✅Reverse Lunge ✅Rebound Lunge ✅Lateral Lunge ✅Curtsy Lunge The top things to watch for when completing a lunge are: ✅Ensure your back knee is directly below your hip and aligned with your body ✅Keep your front knee aligned with your foot ✅Keep your torso upright throughout the movement What OTHER variations can I help you with to help achieve your @SWEAT challenge goals? Comment below! www.kaylaitsines.com/my-sweat-challenge #BBGStronger #BBGBeginner #BBG2020 #BBGcommunity #fitnesschallenge #fitnessvideo
A second commenter said that the videos had encouraged them to try working out again despite previous negative experiences.
“This absolutely great, thank you. When I first started the gym nobody told me about using the chair to supporting your balance and strength, instead, I was thrown in and lost my balance,” they wrote. “Thank you for all this advice, I feel I could do it now without struggling.”
In the caption, Kayla asked her fans which exercise she should do next in her videos. One person suggested planks, while another wanted Romanian deadlift variations and a third requested pistol squats. Her followers will just have to wait and see which new exercise Kayla showcases in her next post.