You have to try this exercise!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been beefing up my training for the Dead Swede Hundo – 40 mile bike race by following Caryn’s training plan. For you forty mile folks you know what I’m talking about. For those that don’t, Caryn has us completing two functional workouts a week that include various functional weight training exercises such as handle bar mountain climbers, plank jacks, etc. While I was familiar with most of these exercises starting out the program, there were a few exercises that were new to me. One specifically called the Lateral Jump Squat with Bosu. A mouth full for sure, but this exercise will leave you feeling energized and balanced. I even had my friends Megan and Becki try it and it left them talking about the results days later!
Here’s a quick description of the exercise. Start with Right leg on bosu and left leg on the ground with ankle directly under your hip. Make sure it’s not too far out to the side as you want to make sure you are performing a proper squatting motion. Once you have completed your squat, move laterally across the bosu pushing through with your Right leg (on the bosu) up and over. Repeat the squat on the other side and so on. Try 2 sets of 8 reps (each leg) to start and increase reps as you feel stronger and more balanced. For added challenge, grab a 10 pound weight plate to hold! You’ll be guaranteed to feel cardio and strength work all in one. Can’t be that. Additional side effects of this exercise may include sweat, euphoria and general awesomeness. Now go give it a try!Amanda is a speech pathologist for the Sheridan County School District and has taught spin classes for 5 years. She loves bringing energy to her classes with a great playlist and tons of energy. When she is not in the gym, she can be found playing outdoors biking, running and skiing with her husband, dog, and friends!