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Need to shape up? Get fit fast with the workout tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Daily jogs
- Weight vest
- Knee bends
- Bench presses
- Jump rope
- Friend (optional)
Stretch and jog
Stretch your legs and warm up your calves and thighs. Jog to loosen up daily -- don't challenge muscles without warming them first or you risk pulling one.
Run up stairs
Run up and down the stairs, pushing off of your toes to flex your calves and build muscle. Wear a weight vest after you've trained a while. Stop if your legs feel fatigued or strained.
Perform stomach crunches to condition and tighten everything. Lie flat on the floor, initially lifting your shoulders slightly without straining the rest of your back. Repeat.
Do deep knee bends
Bend into a crouch, back straight, as low as you can go. Do 10 to 15 reps and increase your reps as your legs grow stronger. Add bench presses to further tighten muscles in your back and arms, to help get height on your leap.
Jump rope on your toes and work on your rhythm.
Leap and raise knees
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and your knees bent. Leap straight up, snapping your knees into your chest, landing on the balls of your feet. Repeat a few times at first and build from there.
Run and leap vertically
Run, using quick short steps, and spring vertically. Use your arms to get all you can into it. Mark a place to touch on a wall to measure your progress.
Drop and spring back up
Step back off of a box, dropping on both feet and elevating instantly upon contact with the floor. Spring up a couple times, pretending the floor is on fire. Use larger boxes as your level improves.