With the weather getting cooler, working outs outside become quicker and more cardio based. Which, no one blames you; I'd want to keep my blood pumping in chilly temps too! But the shorter your workouts are, the more likely you're going to be neglecting important muscle groups to avoid the cold. Fear not, we'll keep you busy both in our classes and in your homes. So, to help you stay on track here's a workout you'll see during a session at Level Red Boxing: Medicine Ball V-Ups.
This move will work your shoulders, lower back, upper and lower abdomen, and hips. This work out will tone down the obliques, strengthen your back muscles and challenge the entire core to maintain stable and smooth movements. Moreover, it works on your quadriceps and hamstrings at the same time. The exercise demands flexibility as well which may be difficult the first time around! The weight of the ball can always vary based on level, so we typically recommend the lightest weight for beginners. This move is wonderful for boxers because it helps strengthen the hips to make swifter swings and more accurate combinations. And of course, stronger punches!
Does this sound like the workout for you? Here's how:
Lie flat on your back with your arms straight behind your head holding a medicine ball with your legs completely extended.
Lift your arms and torso simultaneously towards each other, attempting to touch the medicine ball to your shins before reversing the movement and returning to the floor.
Lie on the ground with your legs straight and feet together. Bring both arms overhead and rest them beside your ears.
Simultaneously, lift your legs and torso off the ground. Bring your arms forward and reach for your ankles as you balance on your hips. Reverse the movement and return to the starting position.
Keep in mind, much like any workout consistency is key to build endurance and strength.