This week's exercises are going to incorporate a good full body workout and should be quite taxing on the heart. Our first exercise today is Plank Jacks. This is a great exercise for working your core strength, at the same time it helps work the anaerobic capacity making it a tough workout for the heart as well as your muscles.
Our next exercise that we will be doing today is the Jumping Squat. I'm very fond of adding a plyometric movement into any exercise routine as it really helps shock the muscles and is another great way of working your heart to maximum capacity. This exercise is not only a great workout for the legs but also provides explosive power from the hips, so is really beneficial for any sports enthusiasts.
Our next exercise today is the Uni Box Push-up. This exercise is developing on from your standard push-up and requires more strength and stability in your shoulder joints. If you feel that you're still slightly weak at this exercise, instead of completing this exercise on your toes simply come onto the knees keeping your back flat throughout the movement. The reason why we look at doing unilateral movements at this stage is that it does not allow your stronger arm to over compensate for the weaker arm thus developing even strength in both.
Out last exercise is the Mountain Climber. This helps to develop core strength, coordination and stability.
Always ensure that hands are in line with the upper chest so that you are not putting too much pressure through the shoulder joint, which can be quite uncomfortable and a common way to increase the risk of injury.
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