Try these exercises to boost stability and improve balance.
It may not be something many of us think about that often, but having good balance is pretty important when it comes to our health and fitness.
Balance can make your workouts more efficient and enable you to challenge yourself with new and exciting exercises.
If your balance is poor, chances are you need to work on your core strength and stabilising muscles, which is exactly what these single-leg exercises are designed for!
KIT YOU’LL NEED:
HOW TO DO IT:
Take 10-20 seconds’ rest between each set, then return to the starting position and repeat for the allotted sets for your level. Perform all reps of each move before moving on to the next.
Beginner: 2 x 10 reps
Intermediate: 3 x 10 reps
Advanced: 4 x 10 reps
Areas trained: LEGS, BOTTOM, HIPS, CORE, LOWER BACK
Technique: Standing on one leg, squat down slightly, crossing the other leg behind you a little.
Take a large sideways leap, landing in the same position on the opposite leg.
Repeat back and forth for the allotted reps.
A cardio workout, too!
2. SINGLE-LEG SQUAT
Areas trained: BOTTOM, THIGHS, CORE
Technique: Stand on one leg.
Bend at your hips and knees, lowering your bottom out behind you as low to the ground as possible.
Push back up to the start and repeat for the allotted reps for your level.
Repeat on the other leg to complete a full set.
3. SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT
Areas trained: REAR THIGHS, BOTTOM, CORE, BACK
Technique: Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, with your weight on your right leg.
Keeping your legs straight and hips square, hinge at your hips to lower the dumbbell toward the floor, allowing the left leg to rise behind you.
Return to the start and repeat on the other leg.
SAFETY TIP: Keep your back flat throughout.
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