06-12-2014

World Cup Workout!

So my blog is back up and running. Yesterday it was down for most of the day. That’s never happened to me so I was freaking out about it since I know nothing about WordPress. Turns out my hosting provider had some outages? Anyway…

The World Cup is finally here! My family and I will be in Rio de Janeiro in about 3 weeks. We tried to get tickets to the quarterfinal game through the FIFA lottery but sadly did not =( It will still be awesome to be there during the quarterfinal game! I have never been to Rio, so I can’t wait to explore. Look at how beautiful it looks!

rio-de-janeiro

Well since today is the opening ceremonies, I figured I’d give you a little soccer drill inspired workout. If you do this 5 times through, with a 1 minute break in between, it will be about a 15 minute workout. Which means it’s a great cardio finisher after strength training, or use it after a run. These plyo moves are great for runners! Read on for more directions.

soccer-workout

*Repeat 4-5x through with 1 min. break in between*

Box Jumps - I don’t mean your traditional box jumps (jumping up onto a box). I want you to use cones, draw, or just use imaginary cones to make a square. For 30 seconds, jump in a square, on each of those points, as fast as you can. Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds!

Squat Jumps - Squat down and jump up as high as you can. Or to make it harder, jump up as high as you can while also bringing your knees up.

Lateral Jumps - Use an object like a broom stick to start, or a foam roller if you want it higher, and laterally jump over it as many times as you can. This is a great exercise for runners too since you’re working different muscles by moving side to side. Once you get more adept, you can use objects that are higher, like a low bench. I’m definitely not there yet!

Let me know if you try this out!

Which do you prefer? World Cup or Olympics?

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