You don’t need a gym. You can lunge around the neighborhood.
Nick and Carol Bowling are enthusiastic senior-age Alta skiers who enjoy staying fit year round. They just added lunges to their pre-season fitness routine, and they’ve become lunge junkies. But there’s a learning curve to doing lunges correctly, and they’re still working on it.
“Lunges use your own body weight to strengthen your lower body. They’re excellent for your quads and hamstrings – for the big muscles,” says Jo Garuccio, Professional Ski Instructors of America Trainer and Examiner who also teaches at Snowbird. “But be sure your knee is over your shoestrings – not further forward.”
Equipment needed: Your body and a large mirror. Watch yourself. Critique yourself.
Position: Back erect, thigh parallel to the ground, knee over shoestrings.
Incentive: See how many you can do each day while keeping good form. When you’re good at the basic lunge, move on to one of the many variations.
What a lunge should look like:
So here’s a challenge for you. Watch the video, then study Carol and Nick’s position. Pretend you’re a coach. Is there something you’d tell them to improve as they lunge toward ski season?
When will you start to lunge?