IMO the smith reduces a lot of the stabilising muscles involved in doing a lunge. sorta takes away the purpose of uni lateral leg training. with practice the wobbling will go away.
the point of the lunge is to build the glutes but why not increase mobility, function and movement patterns along the way?
[quote]I love split squats or reverse lunges from a platform. if your gym doesn’t have a platform stack 2 or 3 plates on top of each other. the stretch is unbelievable and the deeper ROM targets your knee and hip stabilisers more. expect not to walk for a few days afterwards. they produce the most DOMS out of any exercise IMO
start with DBS until you get to the point where your handgrip is a limiting factor. then progress to BBs to go heavier. BBS also work your core more because it is harder to stablise your centre of gravity when you step off. [/quote]
I’ve got a platform I can use. What foot are you putting up, front I assume? Sounds like it would destroy the glutes. I have only ever done back-foot raised for WS4SB and found them kind of awkward once the weights got heavy.
[quote]Isnt the point of the lunge to build the glutes? lol
I dont see the need for the walking lunges because when I do them in the smith machine its not for sports performance. The “leg attack” lunges serve that purpose for me. I doubt you’ll lose much balance if you do the SML as long as you are squatting…maybe if you really need the mobility for some reason the walking ones are fine…anyway SML allow for higher loads and stricter more form because of the restriction of wobbling.
my .02 on them[/quote]
I guess I am not used to doing lunges for bodybuilding purposes, so I was thinking they were more for core/hip stability (and to point out imbalances and weaknesses). I think when I am in a phase of trying to build strength, I will probably do all stationary work and then move to walking once I feel satisfactory on using BBs with a decent weight. Thanks for the input. A lot of “.02” eventually ads up.[/quote]
yeah the front foot is elevated.
you can also do the rear foot elevated or bulgarian split squats as you get better your balance will improve. i suggest using dbs at first though just in case you go ass over tit.