By Tyler Chin
There’s something to be said about exercises that make you feel good. You know, the ones you actually look forward to doing.
Take the overhead press, for example; there’s a primal quality to lifting something heavy above your head that just makes it feel… right. And then there are those exercises that make you feel like a straight-up athlete.
Recently, we’ve featured some pretty high-level moves that fall into this category—mostly variations of the burpee—and now we’ve got one more that takes things a step further.
The lateral burpee box jump-over is a combination move that fuses two burpees together by way of a lateral (sideways) hop over a low box. It’s a fast-paced athletic movement that requires you to pay attention to not only your technique, but also your surroundings—just like an athlete.
Watch the video above to see Ben Sweeney, a trainer at Brick New York, demonstrate this move during a recent visit to the MH Rec Room.
The lateral burpee box jump over is a great cardio exercise that will get your heart racing and your legs aching, Sweeney says. All you need is a box or a step and enough space on either side to do a burpee.
Lateral exercises are critical to staying agile and being able to move quickly in any direction. If you play a sport like soccer or football, you’d be doing yourself a disservice to leave lateral training out of your workouts.
Sweeney suggests doing this exercise for 20 reps, or 10 per side, the next time you train your legs.