Originally Posted by deliberate1
Elsbeth, thanks for the tip. I will check my stance out in the gym on Monday.
Can you suggest the correct position and location of the rear foot - directly behind, off to the outside, pointed straight ahead or at and angle to front foot, etc.
And what is the most effect way to carry supplemental weight - bar under chin or hand weights by side.
As always, much obliged.
I think the back leg position directly behind is going to harder, but that's not necessarily better as it means you'd be lifting less weight. I usually suggest wider, but never really dictate how wide - I think people can find the position that is comfortable. I prefer back foot in line with the front vs pointed out, but that will depend on the individual's anatomy. Try it with the back foot straight ahead, but if that causes any discomfort (not muscle weakness, but discomfort/pain), then that's not a good position for you, so try it with the back foot turned out a bit. If it feels naturally like it should point out but doesn't pinch in the hip/groin area with the foot straight ahead, then you should still try foot straight ahead, as that is likely just an issue of tight muscles.
For the best way to carry weight, it depends. Bar is probably your best bet, but that is usually more difficult to balance, so you want to start with DBs by the side. But with DBs by the side, make sure you're still keeping your chest up. Truthfully, I rarely use lunges at all, let alone to an unstable surface. I think if I did use either, it would be with DBs. I much prefer split squats and rear foot elevated to lunges.