How to Do a Side Lunge : Stretching your inner thighs and calves after getting off a long flight can help prevent your lower body from locking up. A classic side lunge is the perfect exercise to help you do just that.


Master the proper technique for performing a side lunge with this step-by-step guide. Improve your lower body strength and flexibility with this effective exercise.
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Not only does this move stretch and tone the side of your body, but it also activates the muscles in your core. Watch as fitness expert Lauren Williams shows you how to do a side lunge that works several major muscle groups.

Don’t have time to watch? Read the full transcript:

Start off in a wide stance. You’re going to do a lunge. Start down to the right side. Get as low as you can, and then flex the opposite foot. Come up back to the middle and repeat on the other side.

To perform a side lunge, follow these steps:

  1. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms relaxed by your sides.
  2. Take a step to the right with your right foot, keeping your left foot planted firmly on the ground.
  3. As you step to the right, bend your right knee and lower your body into a lunge position. Your right knee should be directly above your right ankle, and your left leg should be straight.
  4. Keep your back straight and your chest lifted while engaging your core for stability.
  5. Push off with your right foot and return to the starting position.
  6. Repeat the same movement, this time stepping to the left with your left foot and lunging to the left side.
  7. Continue alternating between right and left side lunges for your desired number of repetitions.

Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise. Keep your knees aligned with your toes, and avoid letting your knees extend past your toes to prevent unnecessary strain. Side lunges are great for working the muscles in your thighs, hips, and glutes, while also improving your balance and flexibility.

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