Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Are Squats Better Than Lunges?

Both squats and lunges are great exercises to train your leg muscles - quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. They are multi-joint compound exercises that work more than one muscle at a time. So they are the basic exercises to help you build muscle or develop strength.

Both your feet are firmly planted on the floor when you squat. You're able to squat more weights than do lunges. When you do lunges, your glutes have to contract harder to control the deceleration on your way down. In addition, lunges are close to most sports and real-life situations where your feet are in the front-and-back stance or position.

You can incorporate both squats and lunges in the same workout session. It could be too demanding to your muscles and central nervous system. One option is do squats for a few workouts and switch to lunges for several other workouts.

You can always change up your training routines by varying the sets and reps through weight variation. Click here to learn how to change up your weight training routine.

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