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What is a lunge? Why do we lunge? How is lunging relevant to our functional daily life?

The lunge demonstrates our ability to lower our center of mass in a stride stance or asymmetrical foot position. This is most commonly used in deceleration and direction change. This pattern requires us to lower our bodies, like we do in the squat pattern, but in a more dynamic way. The lunge is a natural extension of developmental movement patterns and the developmental posture called the “half kneel position”.

Without efficient lunging ability, we begin compensating with poor deceleration mechanics; this is one of the most frequent causes of non-contact injuries in many field and court sports. In everyday life, lunging and half kneeling are movement strategies for lowering ourselves safely to the ground as well as getting up from the ground. We can use the lunge or half kneeling pattern to lower our body to pull weeds from our garden or pick up a golf ball on the course. We use the long base (split stance) of the lunge to brace ourselves in order to push heavy objects, such as moving a couch across the floor or pushing a broken-down car off the road. The inability to lunge can negatively affect our quality of life.

On Tuesday we discussed the Inline Lunge as part of the Functional Movement Screen. This screen serves as a comprehensive way to test our lunging abilities. The split-stance narrow base and opposite shoulder position provide enough opportunity to uncover mobility and stability compensations within the lunging pattern. Disclaimer: WE DO NOT exercise in a position this extreme, this is a movement screen intended to be led and supervised by a trained fitness professional.

Today we show you several common compensations of the Inline Lunge Screen. Although these are specific to this particular screen, these same faults can rear their ugly head in a traditional “exercise” lunge or functional lunge. Do any of these compensations look familiar? Maybe you’ve seen this happen in the gym, or worse yet, maybe in the mirror. If you are interested in learning more about your body’s mobility and stability, click here to schedule a Functional Movement Screen with one of our trained, certified professionals.

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