Question - Lunges and Pain

by Lisa
(Denver, CO)


I have just started a Russian Kettlebell class. Part of the routine (after extensive warm ups) include lunges.

I am NOT using any weight at all with this exercise, but experience severe pain in my upper thighs. Imagine putting your hands at the top, inside of your thighs, and pushing straight down. Your hands naturally go down and outward in an arc. This is EXACTLY where the pain is.

I am unable to do lunges at all. What's the deal? Am I doomed to being a failure at lunges?


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Feb 25, 2008
Is it muscle pain?
by: Bart - SII

From your description, it sounds like muscle pain. Is this the normal "burn" that comes with working out? If that is the case, it should get better with time as your body gets used to the activity.

One thing that you can do with lunges is to modify them so that they are not as intense. To start, don't too deep...don't drop your knee all the way to the floor. This will significantly decrease the intensity.

Another way to modify them is to take shorter steps. This will decrease the workload on the quadriceps muscles (where you describe your pain to be). I have some examples for lunges here.

Feel free to comment back with other questions.

Oct 22, 2015
same situation NEW

I was in a similar situation when I started work out in gym. When I was doing my cardio training I felt pain in my lungs. It was like burning. But later It has gone.

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