Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Athletes Should Do This Exercise: Transverse Lunge To Balance

We all do lunges---front lunges, reverse lunges, walking lunges, side lunges----AND TRANSVERSE LUNGES, right? If you are an athlete, transverse lunges are an important exercise for you.

Many athletic movements happen in the transverse plane of motion--movements like rotations, twists, turns and pivots. So, this plane of motion must be adequately trained for you to successful in your sport.

The transverse lunge to balance is done this way:

Starting Position

1. Stand with feet straight and shoulder-width apart.

2. Lift chest, tuck chin and place hands on hips.


1. Turn and lunge by opening the hips and stepping back at 45 degree angle, pivoting on back foot.

2. Stabilize, front foot straight, knee bent at 90 degrees and directly over second and third toes; opposite leg bent at 90 degree angle, heel of back foot off ground.

3. Push off the front leg into a balanced standing position.

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  1. I've never done these before, but hey it's always good to learn something new no? Thanks for posting!

  2. Yes Patty, this is a good exercise to improve your balance, coordination and strength...thanks for the visit!

  3. If you do enough of the lunges-they are great to tone the butt and back of thighs.

  4. Wow never thought of trying this. Seems like a great way to get in shape!

  5. Sandra....this is a great exercise to add to your workouts...let me know how it goes!

  6. These definitely do work! I do these because I had a back injury a few years ago and can't really do many exercises. It's been helping improve the strength of my back!

  7. Susan...glad your back is feeling sure and stabilize your deep core muscles with planks...thanks for stopping by!