Crossback Lunge

Learn how to perform cross-back lunges correctly with instructions and video guide by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele!

How to Crossback Lunge

Primary Muscles: Legs,  Glutes

Exercise Families: Lunge

Equipment: Bodyweight

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Stand with the feet hip-width apart, arms relaxed. Pull the shoulder blades back, and spine and head in good posture.

  2. Push the hips back and down and step in a cross-back motion. Keep the front foot planted on the ground and allow the knees to bend naturally.

  3. Continue lowering to the ground, stop just a few inches before the knee of the back leg touches the ground. Keep the knee of the front leg aligned with the toes and the hips square, not allowing the pelvis to "sag" as the body descends to the floor.

  4. Push through the front leg to press the body to the standing position. Square the hips, and repeat the cross-back lunge on the opposite leg. Continue alternating for the specified amount of time or repetitions.

  5. You should feel this working the core, glutes, thighs, and outer hip muscles. 

Alternative Exercises:

Bodyweight Reverse Lunge  Weighted Lateral Lunge

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