Throwing Down The Gauntlet

So, I follow a number of RD and nutrition types on Twitter.. and one that I converse with quite frequently is this really kewl chic by the name of Alysa. On Twitter she’s known as @inspiredRD – though maybe it should be inspirational? Course, on Twitter every letter counts, so yea… inspired works. Last year she was doing this weekly challenge of doing 300 lunges over the course of three months. I contemplated, but never did join in last year… lunges tend to not be a fun thing for my knees.

But lately, it seems like my quads have really been giving me some issues, and I know working on them will also help with my knees, so for some odd reason as I was at the gym last night I thought of Alysa and decided to do some lunges. I did 50 walking lunges. The last ten were a struggle, but I made it. So last night I decided to go back and look at her postings about the challenge last year.. and that led me to decide I’m going to shoot for doing it myself this year. And since, as they say, misery loves company… I figured I would invite you all along for the ride.

Now Alysa made a very good point in her initial posting about her challenge…

No matter what form of lunge you are performing, make sure that you are doing them properly.  This is so important!  If you are new to lunging, do them in front of a mirror to make sure your form is correct.  I encourage everyone to watch this video to see not only how to do a proper lunge, but how to avoid common mistakes that can lead to injury.

Here’s the video she mentions…

So what are the benefits of doing lunges? Well, they are great for shaping/toning all parts of the legs and the butt too I guess. I don’t really need the toning…cause I don’t think they’re gonna do much for the excess skin I have on my inner thighs, but like I said above, strengthening my quads will help my knees, and I’m hoping the stretching of them will help with the issues I’ve been having after running or doing the elliptical. Alysa mentions a couple other benefits in her blog:

Don’t do lunges just to look better in a bikini (although they will help!).  Do them to increase your strength and to improve other areas of fitness.  When I was consistently doing lunges, my legs had so much more energy in them during a long run.  I would hit a big hill and have energy reserves that were never there before.  I know they will do the same for you, no matter what kind of exercise you are looking to improve in.

Ok… no… I’m not planning on donning a bikini anytime soon, I already did the heels thing. That’s plenty. Most days I’m actually ok with my legs – they’re rather built up, probably from hauling around 300+ pounds for so many years. But… some of you out there may be looking for that benefit. Who am I to judge?

And on top of all that… you can do these just about anywhere. You don’t need to be at the gym. In fact, this is one reason I’m deciding to try this out. With my upcoming schedule this is something I’ll be able to do here at work, like the walking ones down the hall outside my office for example.

So yea… I’ve started, so if you want to do so as well.. please do. Share some comments about here or on my Facebook page. Let’s egg each .. I mean encourage each other here. The first couple of weeks I’m shooting for 50 a day and I hope to increase that. So let’s set a goal of 300 a week for the first six weeks and see how things are after that. That will take us to the beginning of March. I’ll try to post on Friday’s about a different lunge to try for the following week. It’s not mandatory to be switching it up, though it may help keep it fresh and each type of lunge will give a slightly different workout.

I don’t think Alysa minds me stealing picking up on her idea here, but in return, you should really check out her site and maybe on Twitter or something too.

About Rob

I had RNY Gastric Bypass on April 8, 2009. I went from my heaviest of over 380 down to a low of 188 (for about a day!) before working on rebuilding muscle and such. Now I maintain at about 225. WLS has changed my life in so many ways, including my career as I now tackle nutritional coaching and other obesity education issues and is also a co-host on The Wake Up Call, a health and wellness radio show.