Status:Closed Asked:Dec 04, 2012 - 03:02 AM
I’ve been told in group fitness classes never to let the knees go beyond the toes when lunging- is that true?
While it is true that we want to avoid excessive forward movement of the knee, it is a myth that knees should never go past your toes while doing a squat or lunge .
In 2003, research from the University of Memphis confirmed that knee stress increased by 28% when the knees were allowed to move past the toes while performing a squat, however hip stress increased nearly 1,000% when forward movement of the knee was restricted.
As a general pointer when performing a lunge, try to keep the knees aligned over your second toe so that the knee is moving in the same direction of the ankle joint. If you happen to have long limbs then it is realistic to expect your knees to move forward over or beyond the toes. .
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