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Lunges harder than squats or is it me?

krhnkrhn Posts: 788Member Member Posts: 788Member Member
Don't know why but when I do the final reps of lunges my balance starts giving in and my legs become more twitchy and shaky than doing squats - even though both are difficult in the first place... Which would you say is harder? :huh:

Or it's because of fatigue as I hit lunges after 5 sets of squats... :sick:
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  • RunHardBeStrongRunHardBeStrong Posts: 33,126Member Member Posts: 33,126Member Member
    Lol! I agree! I hate lunges but then it could be because I'm doing them after my squats...hhhhmmmm?
  • jacksonptjacksonpt Posts: 10,464Member Member Posts: 10,464Member Member
    I also do lunges after squats, so take it for what it's worth...

    I think the stability strains are different. With squats, my feet are shoulder width apart and in line with each other, so it requires more of a front-to-back stabilizing. Lunges are just the opposite... stance very narrow (side to side), but one foot far in front of the other... so this requires much more side-to-side stabilizing.

    Lunges also put all the strain on one leg...


    Ultimately I think it has to do with which one challenges your weakness the most, so it's based on your ability and how heavy you are going.

    .
  • kdiamondkdiamond Posts: 3,332Member Member Posts: 3,332Member Member
    I always do lunges after squats too. You're supposed to. And yeah they're tough but oh so good for you.
  • 1ConcreteGirl1ConcreteGirl Posts: 3,731Member Member Posts: 3,731Member Member
    Totally depends on your personal areas of muscular strength or weakness.
  • carrieliz81carrieliz81 Posts: 489Member Member Posts: 489Member Member
    This is just a personal preference, but I think lunges are way easier than squats!!! But I have never been a fan of the squat, and I feel like I am never doing it right..... I'm probably just making excuses. Or I have a super weak butt. Dunno.
  • tabinmainetabinmaine Posts: 965Member Member Posts: 965Member Member
    I find lunges harder. They just completely fry my Quads.... with squats its more of a "whole lower body" fry....instead of just one particular muscle...
  • devil_in_a_blue_dressdevil_in_a_blue_dress Posts: 5,254Member Member Posts: 5,254Member Member
    Haaaaattttteeee lunges. Squats 4-eva.
  • MrshuntsMrshunts Posts: 180Member Member Posts: 180Member Member
    I hate lunges in general!!!! i still have quite a bit of weight on me, so its hard sometimes. squats are my BFF, we can rock it out all day lol
  • tatd_820tatd_820 Posts: 573Member Member Posts: 573Member Member
    Agree. I do squats first with lunges following. Lunges have always been tough for me. That leg gets to burning!
  • SherryR1971SherryR1971 Posts: 1,394Member Member Posts: 1,394Member Member
    I would much rather do squats than lunges!!
  • krhnkrhn Posts: 788Member Member Posts: 788Member Member
    I also do lunges after squats, so take it for what it's worth...

    I think the stability strains are different. With squats, my feet are shoulder width apart and in line with each other, so it requires more of a front-to-back stabilizing. Lunges are just the opposite... stance very narrow (side to side), but one foot far in front of the other... so this requires much more side-to-side stabilizing.

    Lunges also put all the strain on one leg...


    Ultimately I think it has to do with which one challenges your weakness the most, so it's based on your ability and how heavy you are going.

    .

    Lol for my last set of lunges, I sort of fail with proper form, all shaky and stuff - my poor glutes ... :explode:
  • _SABOTEUR__SABOTEUR_ Posts: 6,954Member Member Posts: 6,954Member Member
    I find the centre of gravity for lunge is more difficult than squats. There's a side to side wobble risk as well as a back and forward wobble risk.
  • FitPhysiqueFitPhysique Posts: 284Member Member Posts: 284Member Member
    I strongly dislikes lunges. They are so much harder than squats and it doesn't matter if I do them before r after. When I am done doing them I feel so much better though.
  • bcf7683bcf7683 Posts: 1,657Member Member Posts: 1,657Member Member
    I do lunges on the Smith (about the only thing I use that stupid thing for). I do squats, leg extension, leg press, dead lift, leg curl, then lunges. On my last set I usually feel like diving off a cliff.
  • koingkoing Posts: 179Member Member Posts: 179Member Member
    Squats are harder if you use more weight. You can't really lunge with a lot of weight safely.

    Koing
  • HIITMeHIITMe Posts: 921Member Member Posts: 921Member Member
    I noticed that since I started doing compound weight lifting, lunges have gotten easier for me... Im thinking its a balance thing...and now that I have better inner core stregnth, lunges are easier... I still dont like them but they are easier
  • j75j75j75j75 Posts: 860Member Member Posts: 860Member Member
    Depends, what style of lunges and squats are you doing?
  • grantdumas7grantdumas7 Posts: 802Member Member Posts: 802Member Member
    I hardly ever lunge with a barbell but when I do I find them more difficult than squats. If I do lunges, I usually do them with dumbbells or smith machine.
  • chrisshousechrisshouse Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    I never feel squats in my butt only my quads & hamstrings. I'm not sure I'm doing it right. My trainer made me take my shoes off once cause she said I raise my heels. Can someone give me the proper technique for squats?

    To the OP: My quads kill after lunges, but not in my butt or hamstrings. But what really has gotten me lately was box jumps. Oh vey....
  • strikerjb007strikerjb007 Posts: 443Member Member Posts: 443Member Member
    For me, squatting is easy. Lunging... mmm, not so much. I guess it depends on the person. Try doing back and forward alternating lunges. Those are HARD.
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