Shilpa Shetty Kundra is one of the few Bollywood actresses who inspires millions of people through her workout videos. Her Instagram account is a proof of her love for fitness and all things healthy. Yes, she does have cheat days, but most of her social media posts are all about yoga, working out and eating healthy. Her latest one shows her flexing and working on her lower part of the body. We might assume that being a fitness enthusiast, she must be cool with all the exercises. But she revealed in her new post that she isn’t a fan of lunges. Still, she did reverse flexed lunges and swears by it for weight loss and strengthening lower body.
Be it the hips, glutes, hamstrings or calves, lunges help to shape and strengthen almost every muscle in the lower body. So, it came as a surprise when Shilpa recently told her 27.3 million followers on Instagram that she is “not a fan of lunges.”
Why Shilpa Shetty wasn’t keen on doing reverse flexed lunges?
The Bollywood diva shared how her trainer Yashmeen Chauhan made her do reverse flexed lunges. She wasn’t keen on doing it as she thought that it would be painful to do because of her knee injury. But she was pleasantly surprised as it didn’t hurt at all. Listing the benefits she said that apart from being a “calorie-killer,” it also works on the lower body muscles like hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps. This way you can achieve much more than weight loss.
Reverse flexed lunges with Shilpa Shetty
The actress took to Instagram to post her video of doing the powerful exercise and shared some helpful tips too.
Here’s a list of dos and don’ts while doing reverse flexed lunges
1. Keep your feet at least four inches apart.
2. Flex your back knee towards the floor, but do it without touching the ground.
3. Don’t initiate your lower body movement by pushing your front leg knee forward.
4. All your weight should be put on the front leg foot, and push into your heels whenever you lunge back.
5. Let your torso lean naturally at the hip joint instead of your lower back.
Check out the post here!
Benefits of reverse flexed lunges
She shared that this exercise helps a lot in improving balance and is also a great “unilateral exercise to work on individual leg strength, size, and shape.” She said that when it comes to shaping and strengthening lower body, it’s a “great glute-and-leg builder.”
According to Research Gate, the reverse lunge is designed to increase endurance and muscular strength, as well as stability, in the lower body.
The functional bodyweight exercise might seem like something that only sports people, especially the ones who play rugby, football and basketball, can do, but there’s no harm in trying. Like Shilpa said in her Instagram post that her trainer “killed” her when she made the star do the tough exercise. But Yashmeen soon lauded Shilpa, and said that the actress “survived…and survived so well.” If Shilpa “survived” after doing reverse flexed lunges, so can you!