The little things matter in training. The lateral lunge is a great exercise for developing lateral strength, stability, quickness, and power. One of the big errors with this exercise is when the stepping foot turns out, the knee shifts out away from the body, and the shin goes to a strict vertical or straight position. This is demonstrated in the bottom picture titled "not that." The key to avoiding this error is to sit the butt down and back as you step into the lunge. Keep your toes facing forward. Imagine pushing the floor away with the medial or inside arch of your foot as you step back to the start position. This is demonstrated in the top picture titled "do this." These techniques are important because they help you to train from a more athletic and advantageous position for when you perform and compete.
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Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS spent 6 seasons as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and is the founder of TD Athletes Edge. He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
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