Walking lunges are a variation on the static lunge exercise. Instead of standing back upright after performing a lunge on one leg, as you would in a static bodyweight lunge, you “walk” forward by lunging out with the other leg. The movement continues for a set number of reps.
Walking lunges strengthen the leg muscles as well as the core, hips, and glutes. You can also make walking lunges more challenging by adding weights or doing a walking lunge with a torso twist.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of walking lunges and how to incorporate them into your fitness routine.
How to perform the Walking Lunge
- Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your hands can stay by the side of your body or on your hips.
- Step forward with your right leg, putting the weight into your heel.
- Bend the right knee, lowering down so that it’s parallel to the floor in a lunge position. Pause for a beat.
- Without moving the right leg, move your left foot forward, repeating the same movement on the left leg. Pause as your left leg is parallel to the floor in a lunge position.
- Repeat this movement, “walking” forward as you lunge, alternating legs.
- Do 10 to 12 reps on each leg. Perform 2 to 3 sets.