We all know that squats and lunges are your lower body’s best friends.
But did you know that by simply elevating one foot, you can also challenge your balance and work your core at the same time? The trick is to let your floor leg do most of the work; push through with the supporting foot, letting the elevated leg be light!
Offset load squats and lunges are truly ‘bang for your buck’ exercises!
- By shifting most of your body weight onto one foot, you’ll be asking the muscles of the supporting leg to do more work than they would during a traditional squat or lunge.
- You’ll also be using your obliques to hold your upper body ‘square’; no leaning to the side allowed!
- And because single leg work requires more balance and control, your smaller, stabilizer muscles will be required to help out.
No fancy equipment needed; you can perform all of the moves in this workout using the bottom step of any old staircase. Of course, a step or low bench also works great. (Beginners, you can even keep both feet on the ground. I guarantee you’ll still feel your legs tomorrow 😉 )
Today’s #FatblasterFriday is an offset load squat and lunge workout. We’ll be combining three different foot positions with three different upper body moves. In my bootcamp class, we call this routine ‘Squats and Lunges Around the World’. Expect to get a full body workout, with heavy breathing and lots of sweat!
Grab your water bottle and a set of hand weights and click on the video below to get started!
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