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Exercise of the Week – Medicine Ball Diagonal Lunge

Target Muscles: Legs (Quads & Hamstrings), Buttocks (Glutes), Shoulders (Deltoids) and Arms (Triceps).

Medicine Ball Diagonal Lunge 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Start by standing with your feet hip width apart, with your medicine ball held with both hands above your head, as shown.

Medicine Ball Diagonal Lunge 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Then take a large step to one side, lowering your body into the lunge and the ball down to the ankle of your bent leg. Return to your starting position, and then repeat to the other side.

Repetitions: 8-12

Sets: 2-4

A superb compound exercise, combining both upper and lower body into a single exercise. It’s worth remembering that compound exercises help¬†shorten your workouts if you are pressed for time, plus the fact that this one requires minimal equipment. Depending on what you have at home, the medicine ball could be replaced with any weight that you can safely hold above your head.