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  • I hate lunges

    ...so what are some good alternatives? Ideally, I'm looking for something either bodyweight based or that uses minimal freeweights -- i.e. something I can do at home.
    Subduction leads to orogeny

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    Objection. If you hate lunges, the solutions is to do more lunges. I hated deadlifts once. Now they're my favorite. I hated squats. Squats are my fucking religion now.

    Can you do step-ups anywhere? They're kind of like a lunge but better. You can use a couple dumbbells or a weight vest. No barbell/squat rack needed.
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    • #3
      i used to hate lunges as i couldnt see the point. either i was doing them wrong or i didnt have enuf weight as they felt like nothing. what i found helps is to add some interest in. i dont know the technical name but if you have no dumbells or kettle bells to carry you can lunge somewhere reaching over and touching the opposite foot each time you come up, then crab walk backwards back. which is i think like a walking backwards sumo squat? you can lunge and twist places. reverse lunge with weights if you have them and so on. it also helps to focus on technique and where you should be feeling them.

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      • #4
        i'm not wild about lunges either, but that's because i find them boring unless it's 100 yards of walking lunges. but, jumping lunges are a good challenge. and, i agree with rich about step ups. i have a sturdy coffee table i do mine on, plus i'll throw on a weighted back pack and hold my sandbag to add a little difficult. sandbag thrusters with a step up are also a killer workout.
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        • #5
          Squats while holding weights (dumbbells/gallon water jugs/kettlebells) are also an option.

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          • #6
            Lunges are one of the foundational human movements, you see them, or at least part of the movement in loads of different things, so avoiding them is not the right way to go.

            I run kettlebell classes and MOST of the participants can't lunge at the start, it takes ages for them to improve. Shows just how disfunctional we are as a society.

            I would work on them, Forward, backward, walking lunges, side lunges etc. Then add some weight if you want to. Ignoring something you 'should' be able to do as a human being is not ideal, unless of course you have some genuine injury or issue that stops you doing them safely. Good luck

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PureFunctionalFitness View Post
              Lunges are one of the foundational human movements
              i remember having a discussion about this once. are they really a foundational human movement? other than rising from a kneeling position, i can't think of a time where a lunge has ever felt like the natural thing to do. i'm not disagreeing with the idea; it's just not something i've encountered. i climb things, so step ups make sense. i rise from a supine position, so turkish get ups and squats make sense.
              i think they can be a great exercise, and i work them into my routine from time to time, but i wonder about the natural movement part.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                Objection. If you hate lunges, the solutions is to do more lunges. I hated deadlifts once. Now they're my favorite. I hated squats. Squats are my fucking religion now.

                Can you do step-ups anywhere? They're kind of like a lunge but better. You can use a couple dumbbells or a weight vest. No barbell/squat rack needed.
                agreed. do more of them. think of it like an arranged marriage.. you'll learn to love each other. or do some step-ups.

                i used to hate working my shoulders, and now they are my favorite muscle group to work

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                • #9
                  Lunges. Normally, if you hate it, it's worth doing.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                    i remember having a discussion about this once. are they really a foundational human movement? other than rising from a kneeling position, i can't think of a time where a lunge has ever felt like the natural thing to do. i'm not disagreeing with the idea; it's just not something i've encountered. i climb things, so step ups make sense. i rise from a supine position, so turkish get ups and squats make sense.
                    i think they can be a great exercise, and i work them into my routine from time to time, but i wonder about the natural movement part.
                    I agree. They're definitely useful and safe as functional movements (and really good for the older crowd), but moving in a crouched position would be more functional than lunging. If I pick something up from the ground, I'm not going to do a perfect lunge...I'll half-crouch with a neutral spine.
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                    • #11
                      I hate lunges and squats. I have a bad knee and a fused ankle so it's really hard. My legs are weak though so I am trying to do more of them... even if its minimal now I hope to increase it in time. Ya jus gotta suck it up and do it I guess!

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                      • #12
                        I like the idea of step-ups ... maybe I'll build a platform or something that I can use for that.

                        Back to the lunges thing though ... is there a fundamental difference between holding a weight over your head and just holding some at your sides? I've been mostly doing them holding 25lb overhead.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by AmyMac703 View Post
                          I like the idea of step-ups ... maybe I'll build a platform or something that I can use for that.

                          Back to the lunges thing though ... is there a fundamental difference between holding a weight over your head and just holding some at your sides? I've been mostly doing them holding 25lb overhead.
                          Overhead is more demanding when it comes to core stabilization and is a good sneaky way to develop shoulder stability.
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                          • #14
                            Squats, deadlifts, running up stairs etc
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                            • #15
                              Do lunges. I do squats, lunges and RDLs on leg day. Lunges, by far, are the best/worst.

                              I mean, I love/hate them. Sure, they make me puke sometimes. And yes, they max out my heart rate more than sprinting, but isn't that a good thing? Nothing reminds you of how good lunges are more than trying to crawl up the stairs from the basement after a leg workout and failing.

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