The Difference Between a Lateral Lunge and a Cossack Squat

These 2 exercises are great for both strength and mobility. The lateral lunge can help you gain strength, while the cossack squat can help you gain mobility! Both are a deep inner thigh stretch!

It is important to focus on your range of motion with the lateral lunge first, before moving to the cossack squat since it is a deeper stretch of your inner-thighs.

Watch: How to do a lateral lunge and a cossack squat

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How to Do Each Movement

Lateral Lunge

Targets: Inner thighs, outer thighs, glutes, hamstrings, quads

Take a wide step to the side, hinge at the hips and push them back, allowing your chest to fall forward slightly. Keep your bent knee pressed out, then press through your heel back to an upright standing position and squeeze your glutes at the top.

Cossack Squat

Targets: Quads, hamstrings, inner-thigh, glutes, hip abductors

Similar to a lateral lunge, take a wide step to the side and hinge at the hips. Externally rotate your foot outwards as you squat deeper into the stretch, keeping your bent knee pressed out. Press through your heel back to an upright standing position and squeeze your glutes at the top.

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