Toe touch abs Lie on your back with your core engaged, arms at your side. Inhale, and draw your knees into your chest as you press a small exercise ball to your shins. Exhale, and roll up, balancing on your sit bones as you bring your upper body off the ground. While you press the ball into your right shin with your right hand, extend your left arm upward to form one side of a high V. Then extend and open both legs into an elevated V about 45-degrees off the ground, extending your right arm as well to hold the ball in place. Roll back down to the starting position, roll the ball to the left shin, and repeat on the other side. Do 10 repetitions on each side.
Liberty raises in T Begin standing on your left leg with your right leg bent at a 90-degree angle and your knee lifted to waist height. Engage your quads and glutes, and suck your belly button in toward your spine to activate your core. Raise your arms straight out to the sides and inhale as you lift your chest and pull your shoulders down and away from your ears. Keeping your right leg in the air, exhale and lift your left heel off the ground. Lower your heel and repeat 15 to 30 times. Then lower your right leg to the floor, and repeat on the other side.
Cheer preps with high V, low V Begin standing with your feet together. Holding one- to three-pound weights in each hand, extend your arms to the side with your triceps engaged. Keeping your arms stiff, breath in and bend your knees, sitting back slightly as if you’re preparing to hop (not sit down). Then, pull up through your knees and squeeze your glutes and core as you stand up straight, balancing on the balls of your feet as you bring both a few inches off the ground. As you rise up, extend your arms above your head and slightly forward so they form a V, with your arms just in front of your ears. Then gently lower your heels to the ground as you simultaneously drop your arms down to form a low V, bend your knees, and sit back again. Repeat the entire movement quickly and continuously for 30 reps.
Double jump squats Begin standing with your feet together. Hold two one- to three-pound hand weights up by your armpits with your elbows pointing down and pressed against your sides, palms facing each other. Come up off your heels and hop up twice, landing each time on the balls of your feet. On the third hop, land with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, sit back into a squat as you drop your arms and bring the weights down along the outside of your ankles. Hop your feet together as you stand and bring the weights back up to the starting position. Continue the hop-hop-squat sequence without pausing for 30 reps.
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