Exercise of the Week: Frog Jump
This weeks exercise is the Frog Jump. It is a variation of the squat jump and is on the list of exercises I love to hate. This move targets your glutes, quads, hamstrings and inner thighs all while causing you to ask yourself “why am I doing this to myself”! Seriously, this workout is exercise will get your heart rate going and is a great tool for cardio. Plus, you don’t need any special equipment which is always a plus if you are trying to workout from home…or during commercials. So how do you do this exercise?
You start of by standing with your feet a little wider than your shoulder width apart and make sure that your feet are slightly pointed outward like in picture A. Now you are going to embrace your inner frog and squat down, touching your hands to the ground. Like in picture B. Make sure that you are keeping your chest and chin up. Now that you are in proper frog position jump up from your bent legs, throwing your hands into the air at the same time. Make sure that by the time you are at the highest point of your jump you look like C. As you come back down lower your hands and squat down back into position B. That is one rep. If you are just starting out you may want to try 10 reps. and as you progress you can increase.
Make it easier: If this seems like it is a little much for you, you may want to start off with a shallower squat. This jump can be really intense for someone just starting out. so instead of going all the way down til your hands reach just squat a little less.
Make it harder: There is always one in the bunch 😉 One of my favorite things to do is to wear ankle and hand weights. By using weights on your wrists and ankles you are getting added resistance, intensifying the workout, and they won’t interfere with the natural movement of the exercise.
~Happy Frog Squatting~
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