Hit a Plateau? Agility Training To The Rescue
By Christie Bruner
Baby Boot Camp & Karna Fitness Director of Fitness Programming
Extreme cardio training is not everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ve gotta burn those calories in some way right? Logging hours on the elliptical or miles on the road can get repetitive and boring, which can lead to burn out and plateau. As soon as that plateau hits, it can be hard to find the motivation to keep going.
This is the time to re-evaluate what your goals are and mix it up a bit. Try keeping a food and workout log for a week to discover when and why you are eating, and how also chart when you fit in exercise. If you find that you only have short amounts of time to workout, agility training might be just the activity to spice up your routine, and blast fat quickly.
Agility is a combination of balance and coordination; it’s the ability to change directions with control. It is based in core strength, as quick movements side-to-side or front to back are easier with a stable core. For a total body workout focusing on agility, try these quick exercises:
- 5 minute jog
- 2 minute jump rope, either with a real rope or just pretend to do the motion. Alternate jumping styles - side to side, front to back, one leg, skipping.
- 2 minute agility ladder course - including in/in/out/out, high knees, side shuffles and jumps.
- 1 minute front plank hold, 1 minute bicycle abs
- REPEAT TWICE THROUGH, and finish with three minutes of stretching to complete a 25 minute workout
Agility training is something fun and challenging that mixes up your everyday workout. This change in pace is what your body needs to bust through plateaus and see results again!
Monday, March 12, 2012 12:52:09 PM