The Barbell Lunge is a challenging exercise that will improve both your leg strength as well as your stability and balance. Add a comfortable weight to the barbell and step under it so the bar rests on and behind your shoulders.
Using a wide grip, grasp the bar on either side of your body. The bar should not be resting on the back of your neck. Remove the barbell and step away from the rack. Take your right foot, and while maintaining an upright posture, step as far forward as possible. Lower your entire body and legs straight down until your left knee is almost touching the ground.
Do not allow the knee of your right leg to advance further than your toes- this can lead to injury. Make sure that your spinal column is erect at all times and your eyes facing forward. Your right foot should be flat on the floor, and your back left foot should be balancing on its toes with the back heel raised off the ground.
To return, power through the heel of your right foot and step back so that your body is in a standing position and your two feet are aligned with each other at rest. This counts as one complete lunge. Perform this movement as many times as necessary for each leg.
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