How well do you move? Sure, you can take two stairs at a time on your morning run, but what about leaping over that huge puddle in the crosswalk when you’ve got a backpack or briefcase or groceries in tow? It takes both sensory awareness and motor skill to get from point A to point B under those conditions (not to mention when that cyclist takes a sudden right turn in front of you).
This workout is designed to engage not only your muscles but also your brain. Your joints need to be strong enough to handle launching you over that unexpected broken curb, and your nervous system needs to be able to control that sudden movement—or a change in direction—including doing so with load, if you’re carrying something. The movements in this workout will challenge your brain to understand where your body is now, the trajectory of motion you need, and how to move your body to get there, while your joints and muscles “learn” to move under variable circumstances.
- Perform 12 to 20 reps of each movement before moving on to the next.
- Do the movements in sequence to complete one circuit; perform two to three circuits.
- Choose weight that’s heavy enough to create fatigue but not total exhaustion.