No question about it; squats and lunges are the holy grail of a steaming hot lower body workout. With or without weights, they must be done. If you genuinely desire to effectively tone and strengthen your butt and thighs you must LUNGE AND SQUAT! You must learn to love or at least willingly accept the intense sensations in your lower body parts while performing these exercises.
When you are squatting and lunging, allow yourself to feel the burning heat in your muscles. Use deep powerful breathing to help control the sensations you are feeling. As I have said many times before, you must be willing to do the hard work required to achieve the results you want. The feeling of completing a challenging lower body workout is awesome and empowering. Believe it or not, I am not a proponent of the old school , “no pain, no gain.” I believe in being, “uncomfortably comfortable”. I tell this to my students all day long. It means: Yes, to the hurts of burning, fiery hot muscular sensations. (nothing that focused breathing can’t control.) No, to electrical, shocking pain!
I am not suggesting a “skinny jeans workout” as reason to incorporate squats and lunges into your routine. You will never see this kind of obnoxious workout title on our website. I only want you to understand the necessity of these exercises to enhance optimal muscular shape and strength, healthy bone density for your hip and thigh bones and perhaps a bit more loving, self acceptance when you do put on your jeans.
Squats and lunges are not for the gym only. You can squat and lunge anywhere. While walking your dog, walking on the treadmill, pushing the baby stroller, doing the laundry, vacuuming or shopping at the mall, take a” lunge break”, (NOT lunch break! I said, LUNGE break!). Lunge anyway you want! Forward, backward, sideways or diagonal for 2-3 minutes, equal number of lunges on both sides. Throw a few sets of these lunges into your workout or daily routine 3-4 times every week. Don’t forget your squats! Ball on the wall squats, laundry basket squats, toilet squats, chair squats, bosu squats, traditional squats with dumbbells, 3 sets of 12-20 will do nicely. As you can see, where there is a will, there is a way! Add a little love and some strong determination to your lunges and squats. It will be worth the effort. Check out our “workouts” for more lunge and squat support!
If you are new to exercise, over 40, taking certain medications or have a pre-existing medical condition consult with your health professional before starting any exercise program.