Tip: Master the Sliding Lunge

Use this technique to make your regular barbell and dumbbell lunges work even better.

The sliding reverse lunge has carryover to all other lunge barbell and dumbbell variations. It can be used in a training program as a loadable exercise, or it can be used as a drill to coach or assess lunge mechanics.

It Fixes Two Problems

The sliding reverse lunge will clean up two common lunge errors:

  1. The tendency to push out of the bottom with the hind leg. Instead, the slider requires that you use the front leg to get out of the bottom.
  2. Poor control on the descent of the lunge. Instead of free falling into the lunge, be active during the eccentric or lowering portion. Think about "pulling" yourself into the bottom of the lunge. The slider will make sure you do this well.
Drew Murphy is a gym owner and personal trainer located in Tiffin, Iowa. Out of his facility, he trains clients using a wide range of strength and conditioning methods.  Follow Drew Murphy on Instagram