The curtsy lunge is an excellent choice both for bettering your balance and bigging up your butt, ‘specially your side butt, if you like that kind of thing. (Personally, I love it.)
I like this lift also because I find it helps me access all sorts of feelings I store in my hips for safekeeping, or whyever we keep things there. Secrets. I find that this move opens me up, simply, easily, and reasonably, with that gallant sweep-around of the back foot. Feels nice: an ask for access, granted.
Best explored at a questioning pace, I find: How does it feel for you today? Can you sweep your back leg farther? It really is a sweep around and back behind. How does that change how your body interprets the move? What happens to the position of your torso? What happens if you shift this or turn that? Can or do you want to stretch your side body more? Are you clearly in charge of your entire range of motion? It is good to be, so proceed accordingly. Even if that means you complete just a lil dip, that’s a delight, too. You can load this lift up in a variety of ways, but begin with bodyweight.
Drop these into your workouts wherever you may place a lunge or single-leg squat variation.
- Keeping one foot stationary, take a step in a backward, diagonal motion with the other so that it travels around toward the same direction as your working leg. Lower your hips as far as you can control comfortably and make sure to keep your lead knee in line with your foot.
- Return to standing by “pulling” your body up with your front leg, driving through your heel and bringing the back foot forward again.
- Complete all repetitions on one side before moving on to the other, and make sure to control your full range of motion, whatever that may be currently.