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Total-Body Toning: Side Lunge Shoulder Raise

July 6th, 2009 No Comments

Total-Body Toning: Side Lunge Shoulder Raise

This move is new to me!  

Instructor Francesca Meccariello used it in her class at the Equinox in Soho, and I was instantly in love.

In this combination, you are using many muscles in a new way.  Muscles working include:

  • Quads
  • Hamstrings
  • Gluts
  • Abs
  • Deltoids

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Take one moderately heavy weight (3-8 lbs.)
  2. Stand up straight with both hands by your side.
  3. If the weight is in your right hand, step latterly with your left foot and land in a lunge.  Make sure your knee doesn’t go over your ankle and your back is flat (so you aren’t bending over). Your right hand will naturally go to your left foot.
  4. Keeping your abs tight, push with your heel up to a standing position.
  5. As you push up, raise your slightly bent right arm up to shoulder height.
  6. You can either simply come up to a standing position, or raise a knee to work your core and practice stability.

Since you are using both upper and lower body, this move is a good way to keep your heart rate up while lifting.