The difficulty performing the lunge exercise lies in maintaining trunk and knee position, as there’s a strong tendency to dip/turn your pelvis (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the knees to drift out of position.

This exercise targets your thighs, glutes, hamstrings and abdominal muscles.

Maintain position of your trunk and knees during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.

If you’ve had a knee or back injury, make sure your physical therapist has cleared you before performing this exercise.

Starting Position

Take a big step forward with one foot and maintain this position. Pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Bend the front knee slightly, relax the back knee and lean forward slightly.


While maintaining trunk/pelvic position, bend your front knee to 50 degrees while relaxing the back knee, then push up using your front thigh until the knee is almost extended completely.

Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.

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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.

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