If you hit the gym to build strength and muscle, and are looking to maximize your results, try these simple steps to change up your workout.
Already doing basketball or running?
Whether you’re a dedicated basketball player or a casual jogger, jumping rope helps with speed, endurance and strength while giving you the benefits of a cardio workout. Gradually work up to 10 minutes of straight jumping – the exercise burns approximately 750 calories per hour.
Already doing squats?
Try doing jumping squat jacks. Start with five jumping jacks. Immediately place your hands behind your head and lower your body into a squat. Quickly push up into a jump and land with bent knees. Return to five jumping jacks and repeat. Plyometrics – explosive movements involving jumping – will help you increase speed and overall agility for any sport.
Already doing hamstring curls?
Using a stability ball engages your glutes and lower back along with your hamstrings. Lie on the floor with your arms at your sides and your ankles propped up on a stability ball. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line. Keep your body straight and pull the ball toward your butt with your legs, pause briefly while your knees are bent, and slowly roll the ball back out to full extension.