This exercise provided courtesy of Billy Polson, founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body training gym, voted best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006.
Walking lunges give the muscle-building benefits of traditional lunges with the additional benefit of balance and control training. Add the weight of dumbbells to increase the difficulty.
Stand on the floor with your feet hip-width apart, holding the dumbbells in your hands at your sides with palms facing inward (see Photo 1).
- From the starting position, step your left foot forward and drop your right knee down into a lunge. Lower the right knee down until the left quadriceps (thigh) is parallel to the floor. Keep the weight of your left leg primarily on the heel and do not allow the left knee to come out in front of your toes, or you'll risk knee and other injury (see Photo 2).
- From the bottom of the lunge, stand up, step forward with your right leg, and drop your left knee down into a lunge on the other side (see Photos 3 and 4).
- Do a total of 12 pairs of walking lunges for your first set. For your second set, repeat the steps above, but try holding the dumbbells up at your shoulders while you do the lunges.