Step up your box-jump game
The box jump: nope, not the latest gymnastics/boxing hybrid class (although, can someone please invent that?) but a wonder move that provides a major lower-body tone-up. It’s a plyometric exercise, so it creates a short burst of force that will activate a load of muscles and burn plenty of calories, too.
Your main recruits? The hips, thighs and glutes. ‘This posterior chain of muscles helps you accelerate up on to the box,’ explains Monty Simmons, personal trainer at Method Movement, London.
And if you’re engaging your core – which you should be – you can count your abs, too. ‘Pay attention to the height of the box,’ says Simmons. The last thing that you want in pins-out weather is bruised shins, so start low. ‘Build your confidence slowly to nail the move without injury.’
Try jumping on to a surface that’s below your knees and build this one into your routine early rather than at the end when your energy is shot. Now, leap to it.
You’re pregnant or have injuries in your hips, lower back, knees or ankles.
1 Start standing in front of the box with your feet shoulderwidth apart Engaging your core, push your bum out and lower into a squat 3 Swinging your arms forward for momentum, push through your feet to propel yourself up on to the box 2 4 Bend your knees to land softly in a squat – don’t let them fall inwards