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Leg Day Lesson: Lunges

I used to love lunges.

Or perhaps I should say “I used to be a lot more comfortable” with lunges. Two and a half years ago I had a bunion removed from my left foot and was non-weight bearing and in a boot for a good month. A year after the hardware (a pin and 5 screws) was giving my grief so I had a second surgery to remove it. It has been a road to recovery per se– not only did my foot have to heal, but I had to heal my mind about the changes as well.

My big toe no longer bends, it does not lay flat on the floor and I cannot really feel it. The doctor figures it has something to do with the tendon. During the second surgery, doctor tried to scrape out the scar tissue, but did not go to far in looking for the tendon and left it alone. My left big toe’s name is “Roberto” -aka Rubber Toe, lovingly named by auto correct on voice to text message,  which is a hilarious story all in itself. Roberto does not lay flat and looks considerably lower than the other toes. See picture below.

I am more concerned about wanting to stay safe while doing lunges and other trickier moves than in the vanity of the foot. I also feel insecure when I have let’s say a minute of pushups to do on my toes. I am afraid the tendon will just snap, so I modify on my knees if there are a lot! Oh, and plank still messes with me too.

So, how do you lunge? I made a recording at the end of my workout today if you would like to check it out.

  1. Keep your upper body straight
  2. Shoulders back
  3. Look straight ahead
  4. Engage your core
  5. Step forward, bending your front knee so it is 90 degrees
  6. Back leg should also be a 90 degree bend
  7. Do not forget to breathe!

Now that I have shared my story with you, do you have a lunge story you want to share? Are you able to do a lunge? Do you feel empowered by this video? If so, drop a comment below!

Thank you for checking in today, I really appreciate it!