At the beginning of this year, I told you that I wanted to challenge you. So far, I have thrown three challenges your way: the Hated Veggie Challenge, the New Veggie Adventure Challenge and the Meatless Monday Challenge. Because those all center around food and nutrition, I wanted to throw a fitness challenge into the mix. Enter the 300 Club Lunge Challenge.
As you may recall, last fall I completed 5000 lunges to raise money for Multiple Myeloma research. Since my last day of lunging (December 31st), I have fallen off the lunging wagon. But I am ready to jump back on. Why? Lunges are the best all-around shaper and toner for your legs. You don’t need any equipment, you don’t need any weights, you don’t have to go to the gym to do them. They work all of the leg and butt muscles, and there are endless variations to try.
Here’s your challenge, should you choose to accept it: complete 300 lunges per week for 3 months. That is a total of at least 3900 lunges if you start next week. Go for 100 today and make it an even 4000 if you prefer neat numbers.
Don’t do lunges just to look better in a bikini (although they will help!). Do them to increase your strength and to improve other areas of fitness. When I was consistently doing lunges, my legs had so much more energy in them during a long run. I would hit a big hill and have energy reserves that were never there before. I know they will do the same for you, no matter what kind of exercise you are looking to improve in.
Every Friday I will challenge you with a different form of the lunge. For the first week, do a standard lunge. Step one foot out, lower your body down so that your front thigh is parallel to the ground and your leg forms a 90 degree angle. No matter what form of lunge you are performing, make sure that you are doing them properly. This is so important! If you are new to lunging, do them in front of a mirror to make sure your form is correct. I encourage everyone to watch this video to see not only how to do a proper lunge, but how to avoid common mistakes that can lead to injury.
So what are you waiting for? Start lunging!