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Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges Shapes Hips and Thighs

Posted Oct 13 2009 10:00pm
The medicine ball lateral lunge will shape your hips and thighs better than popular seated exercises. This exercise works the often neglected frontal plane (lateral movement) of motion.

If you want to shape your hips and thighs faster, do more medicine ball lateral lunges! Get rid of the “saddle bag hips” and “jiggling-jelly thighs!

The seated hip adductor and hip abductor machine exercises don't match up to a standing exercise like the medicine ball lateral lunge. You will get more fat-burning and calorie-burning benefits from doing the medicine ball lateral lunge.

Matter of fact, do as many compound strength exercises (with weights or bodyweight) standing up as possible. These types of exercises work major muscle groups and many times are full-body strength exercises. Squats, deadlift and lunges are great examples.

If you have stubborn lower body fat, medicine ball lateral lunges done as part of a leg circuit workout is a tried and true method to burn more leg fat, increase strength/endurance and improve heart health. You will also have toned glutes, hips, thighs and calves if you stay with it!

The medicine ball lateral lunge also trains you to move correctly in the lateral direction. Many knee ACL injuries occur when you place too much stress on your knees and not enough stress on your hips during deceleration. In other words, your hips are often under-used during exercise movements.

What exercises have you used to tone your hips and thighs?

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