If squats and lunges work the same muscles, do I really need to do both?

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Jack, Des Moines, IA asked: If squats and lunges work the same muscles, do I really need to do both? Answer: Yes. And here's why: The squat allows you to use heavier weights, since both feet remain firmly planted on the floor throughout the move. So it's great for packing on strength and size. During a lunge, your glutes must work especially hard to decelerate your body as you sink down, which boosts performance in sports such as basketball.   But doing both the squat and lunge in the same workout can be brutal. Instead, try doing the squat for 3 or 4 weeks, and then swap it out for the lun...

Jack, Des Moines, IA asked:

If squats and lunges work the same muscles, do I really need to do both?

Answer:

Yes. And here's why: The squat allows you to use heavier weights, since both feet remain firmly planted on the floor throughout the move. So it's great for packing on strength and size. During a lunge, your glutes must work especially hard to decelerate your body as you sink down, which boosts performance in sports such as basketball.

 

But doing both the squat and lunge in the same workout can be brutal. Instead, try doing the squat for 3 or 4 weeks, and then swap it out for the lunge in the following 3 or 4 weeks of training. Do 3 sets of 6 to 8 repetitions. Then you can try including both exercises in your leg workout, but scale back your sets. Do 2 sets of 6 to 8 reps of each move. Squat first, and then lunge.