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Lunge Combo: Side Lunge to Curtsy

When I write that Hannah, my trainer at Equinox, is kicking my behind, I mean that she's really working my glutes. No joke. Here is a move she taught me recently; it's highly effective for toning the backside. The side lunge works the muscle on the side of the pelvis, that I affectionately call the glute med, as well as the inner thighs. The curtsy move really works your glute max and the smaller booty muscles that help lift the seat.

For instructions on this lunging combination, read more.

  • Holding a five- to 10-pound weight in your left hand, side lunge to the right bringing your left hand to your right foot. Lower your booty as much as possible. Keep your toes pointed forward and your right knee bent to no more than 90 degrees.
  • Push off gently with your right foot and come into a curtsy position with your right leg crossing behind your left as you press your weight overhead. Keep your hips square and your curtsy tight. Both feet should be pointed forward. This completes one rep.
  • Repeat by stepping immediately into a side lunge from the curtsy.
  • Once you have completed 15 reps, switch sides. Do three sets total.

If lunges are new to you, don't add dumbbells to this exercise until you are comfortable with the leg positions. Remember to keep your abs engaged to stabilize your torso throughout this exercise.

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