Just mentioned this in my journal, but I guess I'll do it again so as to look like a dick to a larger number of people.
Today while doing barbell lunges, I somehow managed to press myself back up either too hard or to fast or without getting my back foot set right or something else or a combination of a few things and... long story short... fell backwards on my ass like an idiot.
I'm alright, nothing hurts other than my ego. The thing is though, this is going to **** with me mentally the next time(s) I do lunges. I can tell already it's all I'm going to be thinking about during every single rep. This of course sucks. Then I had an idea and wanted to know if anyone has ever tried it and was able to do it.
Right now I do lunges in something that looks like this:
Because there is no back, I was able to fall over backwards.
My gym also has a rack like this:
This has a back and seems a bit safer. The only problem is I never used this for lunges because I never thought you could actually do lunges in this due to a lack of space between the back and front.
So, I was wondering if anyone has ever done lunges (or even barbell split squats?) in a rack like this? If so, was it doable?
I've never done them in a rack. I usually do them walking. What kind of shoes are you using? They might not be very stable. That was a big problem for me in the past.
I have done them in a power rack - but I am a shorty and dont have much distance to travel
Are you worried about falling forward too, or just backward?
Now, are you lunging forward and then pushing off with your front leg to the starting position? You may not be generating enough speed with your front leg. The lunge is meant to work primarily the front leg, not the back one.
Yup, I'm lunging forward with one leg and then pushing back to the starting position, then lunging forward with the other leg and then pushing back to the starting position. I'm pretty much doing what this guy is doing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2je8EK0Uk8
I've been doing lunges for months with no problem (started with just the bar, now I'm at about 120-125lbs for sets of 6-8). I think if anything I may have generated a little too much speed and it tipped me backwards, and my back foot wasn't in a sturdy enough position to support me. Or something like that.