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1) Lunge actually does more TFL activation than glute medius or maximus (Power, 2013), which was shown by EMG assessment in published research study. Their are many better exercises to choose from if you have a muscular imbalance involving the TFL and glutes. I am thinking 90/90 split squat will show similar activities as the movement pattern is very similar. I dont know why the TFL activation is high perhaps its because its an eccentric contraction of the TFL during the downward movement.