Lunges are a great exercise because they are a compound exercise working multiple muscles and multiple joints. But for some this can cause knee pain. The culprit could be improper alignment, weak glutes, or weak quadriceps. Try any of these 7 different exercises to see what works best for you. Then substitute for lunges in any of the Moms Into Fitness workouts.
Hinge at the hips and keeping your buns back. Engage your core by gently pulling your navel in. Shift weight into one leg and point the other leg out to the side, and then back behind you. Repeat the toe tap 10 times, then switch sides.
Isometric Lunge with Twist
Keeping your feet on separate train tracks, come into a lunge position. Bend both knees, keeping your upper body upright. Reach your arms across the front leg, and return to center, staying in the lunge. Do 10 repetitions, then switch legs (twist the other direction).
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and parallel to each other. Sit your hips back, keeping your knees behind your toes. Touch your tush on the chair or bench, then come back up. Do 10 repetitions.
Drop Knee Split Squat
With your feet on separate train tracks, stand with your feet about 2 feet apart. Keep your upper body straight. Keeping your front knee behind the toes, drop you back knee toward the ground. Come back up with control, driving your heels into the ground. Repeat 10 times, then switch legs.