Part 2 - Level 2
1. BENCH – ALTERNATE LEGS
Starting position: Lie on your front, supporting yourself on your forearms and feet. Your elbows should be directly under your shoulders. Exercise: Lift your body up, supported on your forearms, and pull your stomach in. Lift each leg in turn, holding for a count of 2 sec. Continue for 40-60 sec. Your body should be in a straight line. Try not to sway or arch your back.
2. SIDEWAYS BENCH – RAISE & LOWER HIP
Starting position: Lie on your side with both legs straight. Lean on your forearm and the side of your foot so that your body is in a straight line from shoulder to foot. The elbow of your supporting arm should be directly beneath your shoulder. Exercise: Lower your hip to the ground and raise it back up again. Repeat for 20-30 sec. Take a short break, change sides and repeat. 3 sets on each side.
3. HAMSTRINGS – INTERMEDIATE
Starting position: Kneel on a soft surface. Ask your partner to hold your ankles down firmly. Exercise: Your body should be completely straight from the shoulder to the knee throughout the exercise. Lean forward as far as you can, controlling the movement with your hamstrings and your gluteal muscles. When you can no longer hold the position, gently take your weight on your hands, falling into a push-up position. Complete a minimum of 7-10 repetitions and/or 60 sec. 1 set.
4. SINGLE-LEG STANCE – THROWING BALL WITH PARTNER
Starting position: Stand 2-3 m apart from your partner, with each of you standing on one leg. Exercise: Keeping your balance, and with your stomach held in, throw the ball to one another. Keep your weight on the ball of your foot. Remember: keep your knee just slightly flexed and try not to let it buckle inwards. Keep going for 30 sec. Change legs and repeat. 2 sets.
5. SQUATS – WALKING LUNGES
Starting position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on your hips if you like. Exercise: Lunge forward slowly at an even pace. As you lunge, bend your leading leg until your hip and knee are flexed to 90 degrees. Do not let your knee buckle inwards. Try to keep your upper body and hips steady. Lunge your way across the pitch (approx. 10 times on each leg) and then jog back. 2 sets.
6. JUMPING – LATERAL JUMPS
Starting position: Stand on one leg with your upper body bent slightly forwards from the waist, with knees and hips slightly bent. Exercise: Jump approx. 1 m sideways from the supporting leg on to the free leg. Land gently on the ball of your foot. Bend your hips and knees slightly as you land and do not let your knee buckle inward. Maintain your balance with each jump. Repeat the exercise for 30 sec. 2 sets.