While my favorite workout tends to change from time to time, there is always one constant: it has to be fun. Whether I’m running sprints or taking spin classes, I know that with enjoyment comes consistency. One of my favorite ways to switch up a stale workout routine is to take part in a few ridiculous themed workouts. My most recent go-to is a combination of moves we all used to bust out on the playground. From hopscotch to a game of toss, no recess activity was off limits.
Read on for a breakdown of these recess-based moves:
Med Ball Sit Up Tosses
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, holding a medicine ball above your head. Contract your abs to lift your chest toward your knees, keeping the medicine ball overhead. Lower the ball to your chest and throw it into the air. Catch it and slowly return to the starting position.
Stand up with your feet more than hip-width distance apart and your arms straight out to your sides. Jump up while crossing your right arm over your left arm and your right leg over your left leg. Immediately reverse the motion and return to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm and leg on top of your right arm and leg.
Med Ball Lying Leg Raises
Lie on your back and place a medicine ball between your ankles. Start with your legs elevated, holding your feet almost directly above your hips. Allow your legs to drop straight down as far as possible without touching the floor. Immediately bring your legs back up to the starting position.
Squat down with feet about hip-width distance apart. While remaining in a squatted position, jump your feet together. Continue jumping in and out, staying in as deep a squat as possible.
Crab Walk Toe Touches
Lie on your back then lift up onto your hands and feet. You should be on all fours, staring upwards with your torso parallel to the floor. This is the starting “crab” position. Step forward with your right arm and leg, then immediately step forward with your left arm and leg. Lift your right leg and reach your left arm toward it above you. Take two more “steps” and then lift your left leg and reach toward it with your right arm.