Part 2 - Level 3

1. BENCH – ONE LEG LIFT AND HOLD

 

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 one leg about 10-15 centimetres off the ground, and hold the position for 20-30 sec. Your body should be straight. Do not let your opposite hip dip down and do not sway or arch your lower back. Take a short break, change legs and repeat. 3 sets.

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2. SIDEWAYS BENCH – WITH LEG LIFT

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: Lift your uppermost leg up and slowly lower it down again. Repeat for 20- 30 sec. Take a short break, change sides and repeat. 3 sets on each side.

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3. HAMSTRINGS – ADVANCED

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 12-15 repetitions and/or 60 sec. 1 set.
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4. SINGLE-LEG STANCE – TEST YOUR PARTNER

Starting position: Stand on one leg opposite your partner and at arm’s’ length apart. Exercise: Whilst you both try to keep your balance, each of you in turn tries to push the other off balance in different directions. Try to keep your weight on the ball of your foot and prevent your knee from buckling inwards. Continue for 30 sec. Change legs. 2 sets. _AJM5637

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5. SQUATS – ONE-LEG SQUATS

Starting position: Stand on one leg, loosely holding onto your partner. Exercise: Slowly bend your knee as far as you can manage. Concentrate on preventing the knee from buckling inwards. Bend your knee slowly then straighten it slightly more quickly, keeping your hips and upper body in line. Repeat the exercise 10 times on each leg. 2 sets.

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6. JUMPING – BOX JUMPS

Starting position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Imagine that there is a cross marked on the ground and you are standing in the middle of it. Exercise: Alternate between jumping forwards and backwards, from side to side, and diagonally across the cross. Jump as quickly and explosively as possible. Your knees and hips should be slightly bent. Land softly on the balls of your feet. Do not let your knees buckle inwards. Repeat the exercise for 30 sec. 2 sets.

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