Lunges target the quadriceps, but involve additional muscles, including the glutes, hamstrings, calves and core muscles, making them an important exercise for toning the lower body. They are also back-friendly, because of the need to keep your back straight and your chest lifted, so you have little risk of back strain.
Furthermore, which muscles are worked by lunges?
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.
What muscles are being stretched in a lunge?
Forward Lunge. A simple forward lunge targets muscles in the abdomen, hips and legs. It primarily focuses on the glutes in the hip and buttocks and the quadriceps and hamstrings in the thigh, but also works muscles in the calf. It is basically a variation on walking.
What muscles are used in side lunges?
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.
- Adductors/Hip Flexors.