Side skaters look simple, but this challenging exercise tones the glute med, hamstrings, thighs, and core, all at once. This plyometric exercise is a must-do move for runners, since it warms up the lower-body muscles, gets the heart pumping, and supports ankle stabilization.
Here's how to do this strength- and agility-building exercise:
- Start in a small squat. Jump sideways to the left, landing on your left leg. Bring your right leg behind to your left ankle, and don't let it touch the floor.
- Reverse direction by jumping to the right with your right leg. This completes one rep.
If you're brand-new to a workout routine, aim for two sets of 20 reps. For more of a challenge, perform side skaters for one minute, then move through two more minute-long sets, alternating with short periods of rest and recovery. You will feel the burn with this move!