Side Lunge Question
I decided to get out the mirror yesterday while doing TWO and I realized just how little flexibility I have in my hips. I mean, I knew it already--my hip flexors are as flexible as stainless steel, but I didn't realize how much it was affecting my form.
In the side lunge, if my knee is really pushing past my little toe, then my pelvis is facing at about a 45 degree angle. It is not to the front at all. I can keep my shoulders forward by really pulling them back, but my pelvis? No way.
So my question -- is it more important to have the knee in the right spot (and let the pelvis point where it needs to) or to have the pelvis forward and the knee only as far out as it can go. I know in some moves (TTN, HD) you're supposed to stay forward and only have the knee go out to where it can go. Is it the same here? I suspect not, but I wanted to check.
Have you tried narrowing your stance?
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No. I'll give that a try tomorrow and see how it goes.
Go with the knee position as priority.
It is impossible to have the hips direct forward with the knee to the side. Unless your femur bone comes directly out the side of your pelvis! :-)
The important thing to remember is that you are aspiring to direct the pelvis forward while connecting with the knee to little toe position. This will give you the stretch and effort you are looking for. Aspiration trumps perfection every time.
Thanks for this question and these answers--pretty much of an *a-ha* on lunges!
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