By Julie Messinger
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
If you want to work on toning up your quads, hamstrings and glutes, lunges are the exercise you want to do. When we incorporate a twist into this exercise you will also be engaging your core. Not only does it tone up your lower half of the body, it also improves your balance.
To do this exercise, start by standing with your feet hip width apart while holding a medicine ball in front of your chest with elbows bent about 90 degrees. Step back with your left foot into a lunge position. Make sure you have your front knee lined up directly over your ankle and your back knee lined up with your hip. Twist at your torso towards your right knee, while keeping chest up. Be sure to only rotate at the waist line, do not twist your knees. Keep your body controlled throughout the exercise. Twist your body back forward then step back to starting position and switch sides. Do 10-12 reps on each leg, 2-3 sets. To progress, use a heavier medicine ball.