Grass hopper exercise is a little known movement that strengthens the entire body.
And it’s really fun to do! Most people miss the point that exercise should be fun.
Use this exercise in your routine when you need to spice it up!
How to do a Grass Hopper
Get in a standard push-up position swing your right leg up in underneath you kicking your foot out. Then swing it back and bring it to the starting position. Then repeat on the opposite side.
Grass hoppers works the entire body. It strengthens the upper chest and shoulders as well as works the legs.
Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance
Grass hoppers exercise is one of those unique movements that can be done at high repetitions to build whole body strength. When you do the exercise at high repetitions it also becomes a cardio workout.
Why Grass Hoppers work
Grass hoppers work so well because when your leg goes underneath you it shifts your body just slightly. When your body shifts the angle at which your muscles work shifts. This means that different muscle fibres are recruited.
Tips: While performing grass hoppers make sure to rotate the body just slightly.
Important: Breathe in and out slowly throughout this exercise.
Planking Star Jumps
Holding a static plank is great for you core, but adding a jumping jack motion with your feet pushes this move to a whole new level.
The plank jack is a great cardio move: it raises the heart rate while working both your lower and upper body.
- Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together.
- Like the motion of a star jump, jump your legs wide and then back together. Jump as quickly as you want, but keep your pelvis steady and don’t let your bottom rise toward the ceiling.
Walking Pulsing Lunges
As per a regular walking lunge you alternate legs, lunging across the room, but with each lunge you do another mini lunge or “pulse” before alternating legs.
This exercise is a great compounding movement and is excellent for your Quads, Adductors (primary), Hammies and Glutes (secondary).