Abs, Adductors, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings
Contralateral Load Dumbbell Front Lunge Overview
The contralateral load dumbbell front lunge is a dumbbell lunge variation and an exercise used to target the muscles of the quad as well as the rest of the muscles in the leg.
The contralateral load used in the contralateral load front lunge provides a stability factor to the exercise and thus challenges the core.
Contralateral Load Dumbbell Front Lunge Instructions
- Set up with your feet shoulder width apart and a dumbbell in the opposite hand as the forward leg.
- Step forward with one leg and allow both knees to bend simultaneously.
- Descend until the back knee touches the floor.
- Drive through the front foot and extend the knee as you stand up fully and return to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
Contralateral Load Dumbbell Front Lunge Tips
Forward lunges are a more advanced progression and should only be utilized once one has the requisite hip and core stability. In general, a proper single leg progression scheme might look like this:
- Step Up
- Split Squat > Front foot elevated
- Reverse Lunge > Front foot elevated
- Single Leg Squat to Bench
- Lateral Lunge
- Bulgarian/Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS)
- Single Leg Squat From Bench
- Walking Lunge
- Forward Lunge
- Single Leg Skater Squat
- Pistol Squat
- Don’t rush the progression scheme, earn the right to use every exercise and don’t neglect any of them.
- When you go to push back to the starting position, fight the urge to lead the movement with your shoulders by hyperextending at your spine. Instead, look to drive the movement via force from your lower body.
- In the bottom of the movement both of your legs should be at 90 degree angles at the knees.
- Keep in mind that with any sort of lunge or split squat pattern, if you want to emphasize the quads, focus on taking a slightly smaller step and drive up through the ball of the foot.
- If you want to emphasize the glutes and hamstrings during any sort of lunge or split squat pattern, focus on taking a slightly larger step and drive up through the heel of the foot.