Hello and welcome to this week’s blog – JUMP into January! – Part Three. It is now the third week of January and if you haven’t made a start on your health and fitness new year’s resolutions, or goals, then now is a great time to start.

Jump into January and let that jump you into the rest of the year.

JUMP into January! - Part ThreeAnd talking of jumping… Have you considered jumping challenges? Yep I said it, the least favourite of most people’s moves, alongside burpees- jumps and jumping challenges.

But jumping is an absolutely fantastic way to shape up your fitness plans and can lead to greater strength in your legs, core, upper back and arms. It can help improve your agility, coordination, and stamina too, what isn’t to love?

Ok, you’ve got me there, I am not a great fan of jumping workouts myself, but not because of the cardio aspect at all. It is for an entirely different reason, and the reason is that I have a bit of a mental block jumping onto blocks or steps. I think that I am going to smash myself flat on the floor the other side of the box… I never have done that but there you have it. However, that does not stop me from putting them into my own workouts. I love to add skipping, with or without a rope, squat jumps, lunge jumps, step jumps, tuck jumps, star jumps to name a few, into my client’s workouts as well as my own.

JUMP into January!

When I did stall in front of a plyo box years ago and stepped up onto it instead, I knew I had to get over my fear of jumping onto them. I started by jumping onto a 10kg weight plate, then an aerobic step that I have. Then I got my own plyo box out which comes up to my knees…. and jumped on to it!

I needed the gradual increases in height to prove to myself that I was capable and that I wouldn’t land on my face the other side, having fallen from it spectacularly.

It is the same gradual increase with any exercise or movement that you are not sure of or are new to, and that is where I come in, programming a workout for you to take you from where you are, to where you want to be.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog this week, please do email me on [email protected] to enquire about personal training, or to ask about booking a future Sports Massage appointment to sort out any aches or pains you might have.