Why You Should Never Skip the Bodyweight Lunge on Leg Day

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Make sure to include the bodyweight lunge in your next leg workout.

Just yawn?

We get it. The classic exercise isn’t the most exciting move in your arsenal. It probably gets tossed aside to make more room for running or the Bulgarian split squat or the back squat or the deadlift.

But that’s a mistake, says Men’s Health Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.

Weight-free lunge variations—four of which you can see in the video above—build single-leg strength and stability, and increase lower-body mobility, he explains. So if you do a mix of lunges as a warmup, your legs will be able to lift more load later.

You can also do lunge variations for 10 to 30 minutes straight. This will improve your base level of aerobic conditioning so you can run faster and push harder for longer, Gaddour says

Go ahead and add them to your lower-body routine. You won’t want to toss them aside again.