The BOSU Lateral Jump is a heart pumping exercise that strengthens the core, improves agility and balance, while working the shoulders, thighs and legs.
INSTRUCTIONS: Bend knees slightly and start with a slow pace warm-up. Gradually increase the tempo. Avoid leaning forward and maintain an upright posture. Stay in control of the exercise. Poor control will tire you out. To cool down, begin to move slower until you come to a stop.
WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS EXERCISE: Lateral Jumps are suitable for a warm-up prior to strength training, or as part of a cardio circuit training routine. Or just use it to recharge while taking a break from your laptop.
MODIFICATIONS: 1) No BOSU? No problem. Do Lateral Jumps on the floor, while using the same movement pattern. You can also substitute the BOSU with a Foam Cushion. Similar to the BOSU, the cushion isn’t stable, but it isn’t as difficult as the BOSU. 2) Don’t move arms back and forth. You can also keep them at your sides instead of bending at the elbows.
EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider