I don’t know about you, but I love lower body work.  Good thing, because you NEED to challenge those lower body muscles for a strong body, better back, improved posture and  to just plain give your seat a lift. {See 4 reasons you need to get your glutes in gear.)

Seeing as in the thighs, butt, and hips we find the largest muscles of the body, maybe that’s why when we give them a focused, intense challenge there is an  immediate connection with strength and shape.


It’s almost a guarantee:  feeling lumpy, and low energy?  Snap out some lower body work and in a few seconds you are ready to literally spring into action!

Not only that, but when you really challenge these large muscles big time, you get about the best calorie burn possible during – and even after – your workout.

Here’s one of the all-time bests for building great muscle density and shape in the lower body.

But take care to watch the video and pay attention to important form and alignment details!  They are critical for:

~ preventing injury and “owies”

~ maximizing body shaping properties (note posture, alignment of knees, activation of abdominal wall)

Unless you have contraindications for this exercise, such as knee injury, you can work this successfully into your rotation for building lower body strength and shape and giving the backyard – the butt or “booty” especially – a nice lift.

And if you are already doing squats, this lunge is a great move to work into your lower body exercise rotation.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H after!

An essential component of muscle shaping and strengthening is stretching.  Take time after this split lunge to stretch quadriceps and hamstrings.

And of course, always warm up first!

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