Don't you just love it when a muscle-crunching move like a lunge is given a cute name like curtsy? Of course! You can try to smile as you grit your teeth through these reps, but it's better that you just focus on the form to ensure you get the best results. According to Kendall Wood, CSCS and co-author of Core Fitness Solution, "You'll get a lot more out of this move if you do it slowly and make sure of precise body alignment — your thighs should cross and your knees should bend, but don't lean forward so that your knee isn't in line with your ankle."
How to Do It:
- Start from standing, and step your left leg behind you and to the right so your thighs cross, bending both knees as if you were curtsying. Make sure your front knee is aligned with your front ankle.
- Return to standing, and switch sides to complete one rep.
- Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps.