By Westy Bell
The truth can finally be told!
The lunge is another great lift for skaters. It works the quads, glutes and hamstring muscles — in other words, all the most important skating muscles. And it help you develop your balance.
It's easy to learn. You simply lunge forward with one foot and then return to an upright position.
But to make it sports specific, skaters need to change it a little. Instead of coming all the way back up in the starting position, we should only come about half way up. That's because we keep our knees bent when we are skating.
Add lunges to your off-skate training program two or three times a week.
Front lunge - Skaters shouldn't rise to a full standing position.
How to do the front lunge:
As your strength improves, you may want to place an Olympic barbell on your back (or hold a dumbbell in each hand) to increase the lift.
How to do the side lunge:
Rather than use a barbell, add weight by holding a dumbbell in each hand.
Westy Bell is an ACE certified personal trainer, speed skater, weightlifter and mom. A native of central Pennsylvania and former Air Force meteorologist, she came late to skating, starting at age 27. But she learned fast and became a national champion in 2002 when she and teammate Jane Carey won the classic (over 30) two woman relay at Indoor Nationals. She lives in Asheville, NC, and skates with the Rolling Warriors.
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