It’s easy to incorporate cardio in your outdoor exercise, but strength training is just as invigorating and important. We talked to Anthony Garibay, who runs bootcamp classes in Santa Barbara, to see what pieces of equipment he recommends using for a more well-rounded workout. Here’s what he had to say.
Jump rope is a great way to start off to get the body nice and warm. For a quick 2-minute warm up, do 30 seconds jumping with both feet, 30 seconds jumping on your left foot, 30 seconds jumping on your right and another 30 seconds on both feet.
The speed ladder is typically used to gain quickness and agility, but it can also be used to work the upper body. Get into the push up position with one hand in each square. Do one push up, then move over to the next square with your hands, and do another push up. Do this once to the left and once to the right.
There are so many things to do with a kettlebell! Really, you can get in a total workout with just this one piece of equipment. The most important thing to remember is to focus on using your core with all exercises while keeping your back straight and shoulders back.
Hold the kettlebell in front of your chest. Take a step back with your right foot into a reverse lunge. While bringing the right foot forward, drive your knee forward into a slow kick. Repeat with the other leg.
Plyometrics are something you can rarely do in a gym, but they are so important in building strength, speed and explosiveness!
Start with single leg hops over each hurdle, switching sides. After 2 or 3 sets, switch over to double leg hops. Your landing should be quick and responsive, spending as little time on the ground as possible. Use your arms to help get yourself over each hurdle, especially when you start to get tired.
Every one of my strength workouts has a medicine ball involved. You can throw them to gain upper body strength or use them as weights when working the legs. I enjoy using them for core workouts.
With a partner or wall about a yard away, lie down and, holding the medicine ball in your hands, do a sit up with your arms extended above your head. As you come up, throw the ball at your partner or against the wall. Repeat when it comes back to you. The higher (not harder) you throw, the more work you’ll do on those hard-to-reach areas of your core. Have your partner stand 5 yards away if you want more of a challenge.
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