Last week I met with SHAPE’s fitness editor-at-large, Jay Cardiello, for an afternoon training session, and having edited his fitness blogs week after week, I knew I was in for a tough workout. Sure enough, he decided the basic lunge just wasn’t challenging enough and showed me the two variations below. Don’t be fooled, these modified lunges don’t look that hard but they are—especially the lunge kick, which requires an unexpected amount of strength and balance. If you’re ready to take your workout up a notch give them a try!

When you’re favorite moves become too easy what do you do to make them tougher?

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.

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