Block jumps

Box_jumps

Workout: Buttocks, thighs, calves
Map location: 2

 

Step by step
  1. Start with both feet facing a bench.
  2. Hold your body in a strong upright position – head forward, shoulders back, stomach muscles tight.
  3. Jump up onto the bench with both feet, using the arms to assist.
  4. Land centrally on the bench in a small squat position.
  5. Regain the starting position, then jump down and land as before.
  6. Repeat.

 

Sets and reps

10-15 reps
Rest 30 secs to 1 min
Repeat 2-3 times

Tips

– Start gently: over time build up your reps and sets.
– High energy: think of your jump as an explosion.
– Soft landing: your legs should act like shock absorbers as you land.

Benefits

Builds bone density = healthy bones and joints
Increases heart rate = healthy heart, fat burning
Strengthens legs = good coordination and balance

Want more of a challenge?

– Increase speed.
– Increase load – carry some extra weight.
– Use just one leg.
– Increase box height.
– Add side to side movement – on jumping/stepping down from a bench sprint right or left.