Most people don’t even think about balance. I don’t quite understand that, as it’s the base of everything. Think about it this way. In any sport, who has the advantage? Most people will say the more athletic one, but I would venture to say it’s also the better balanced one. If you have better balance, you can react with better accuracy, gain better leverage on your opponent, and sometimes even dominate if you aren’t as “strong” as your adversary. If we have great balance, we can push things easier, run faster, change direction quicker and do more fun stuff! If you have great balance, you won’t have to THINK as much to keep it while you are doing your strength training, and therefore can lift more weight. With that being said, here are three great exercises to do before your main workout.
1. Quadruped Opposite Arm and Leg Reach
Start on your hands and knees on a mat. Keeping your core braced, extend your right arm, and left leg out to full extension. Pull your right arm back in as well as your left leg, and touch your right hand to your left knee. Repeat for 10-15 repetitions, then switch sides.
2. One Leg Balance and Reach (with kettlebell)
Start with a kettlebell about three feet in front of your left foot. While hinging at the hips, tilt your body to reach across and touch the kettlebell with your right hand, forming a “T” with your upper body and right leg. Return to the start position by pushing the hips forward. Repeat 10-15 times, and switch sides.
3. One Leg Squat To Balance
Start with your right foot lifted off the floor, out in front of you a bit. Sit down onto your left leg until you can touch your left foot with your right hand, while keeping your spine in a neutral position, and your right foot out in front of you. Drive up from the left glutes, and repeat 10-12 times. Switch sides and go!