The Suspended Lunge is a natural movement exercise that summons different movements from those considered to be the natural movement pillars, including standing, descending motion, locomotion. It’s a natural movement that can be trained to boost your sports performance, primarily to improve your running skills.
By performing Suspended Lunges, we can bring our body to perform a coordinated movement between legs and stabilize the trunk and train the body on a functional perspective, using “standing”, the basic natural movement pillar, and adding the descending single-leg motion, before returning to standing alignment.
The dynamics of this exercise demands using upper body balance, lower body strength and mixing both to move in a controlled, coordinated motion the full body, changing the balance of the body’s center of mass.
This motion involves movements such as squatting, single-leg lunging, climbing and single-leg upward lifting.
By moving up and down, you create a vertical displacement of the body center of mass, which will involve leg strength (quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes), and at the same time, it creates the need to activate the hip stabilization muscles and core muscles too, to rebalance and prevent falling.
Repeating the movement, you establish a pattern very similar to the ones found in the running techniques that help you synchronize the entire body and get a more fluid and efficient running.