Dumbbell Alternating Lunge

See how to do an alternating lunge with SHOCK Personal Trainer Ashley Steele!

How to Dumbbell Alternating Lunge

Primary Muscles: Legs,  Glutes

Exercise Families: Lunge

Equipment: Dumbbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Stand holding weights in each hand, shoulder blades pulled back, spine, and head in good posture. Position the feet hip-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead.

  2. Step forward with the right leg into a lunge position. Be sure to maintain alignment between the right knee and the right foot. Pause briefly, push through the right hip to drive the body back to the starting position.

  3. Repeat the movement on the left side, step forward with the left leg into a lunge position. Maintain alignment between the left knee and the left foot. Hold briefly, push through the arch of the left foot to press the body to the standing position.

  4. Allow the trunk to angle forward approximately 20° as you step forward into the lowest part of the lunge position. Be sure to keep the chest up and hold good posture. Keep the abs contracted throughout the movement to stabilize the spine.

  5. You should feel this working the glutes, quads, hamstrings, hips, and core muscles. 

Alternative Exercises:

Bodyweight Alternating Lunge  Barbell Alternating Lunge

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