MOVE OF THE WEEK: Plyo Squat Jacks! This is a full-body exercise that requires no equipment and primarily works the legs and midsection — specifically, the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, abdominals, quadriceps and calves. By adding a weight and an overhead press, you also engage the core and the upper body more. This exercise builds explosive power, aids athletic performance, and builds muscle while also burning fat. Quadruple duty baby!
1) Lower into a squat and bring your arms in front of you, with both hands holding a single 10 lb weight (10 lbs or less – don’t go above 10 lbs on these).
2) Jump your feet together as you raise the weight over your head.
3) ‘Jack’ your feet out and return to a squat, as you lower the weight in front of you. Move as quickly as you can while keeping good form. Do 20 seconds of max reps with a 10 second rest in between, a total of 8 times (for one 4-minute Tabata round). Or do 3 sets of 20 reps as fast as you can.
Tip: When in a squat, be sure to keep your knees behind your toes and your hips behind you as if you were about to sit on a chair. Land softly when you come out of your jump into your squat.
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