6th October 2019


Are lunges as good as squats?

Squats and lunges both use glutes, quads and hamstrings. However, a single leg exercise, such as lunge, activates more the gluteus medius muscle for stabilization on one leg. Leaning forward in a lunge means more work for glutes and hamstrings. Squatting to parallel uses mostly quads.

Likewise, what muscles do side lunges work out?

Using a barbell, dumbbells or just your own body weight, you can use the side lunge to target your glutes, quadriceps and adductor muscles.
  • The Side Lunge. The side lunge is a compound exercise in which you place your weight over one bent leg.
  • Gluteus Maximus.
  • Quadriceps.
  • Adductors/Hip Flexors.

What muscles does a lunge work?

Targeted muscles include the glutes in your hips and butt, along with the hamstrings and quadriceps in your thighs. The calf muscles in your lower legs, your abdominal muscles and your back muscles act as stabilizers during this exercise.
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