|Our latest Find Your Flow® Program is now well underway – we hope you are all enjoying it as much as we are!
As part of the program, we’ve introduced some jumping movements using the jump board.
Jumping is one of those movements that can be quite daunting for some of us while we get used to it, but once we get going, it’s a really fun exercise – taking us right back to the freedom of movement we enjoyed as children!
One of the most challenging elements of jumping on the Reformer is a soft landing – it demonstrates that we are connecting with the springs and from which part of our body we’re controlling the movement. When combining jumping with chest lift, we’ll be connecting through our hamstrings (back of the thighs) and into our core. That has the added benefit of protecting our ankle, knee and hip joints from the impact of landing.
You’ll have seen already that we can add lots of variations – single legs, alternating legs, criss-crossing arms and legs. And, of course, we can always change the springs to increase the challenge. Interestingly, with a lighter spring, you’ll be working harder in your core muscles to support your legs while the carriage ‘floats’ in; whereas, a heavier spring will target leg muscles.
Jumping is a great full body movements and has lots of benefits. It helps build cardiovascular and muscle endurance, as well as improving strength, mobility and motor coordination. It will also help build bone strength, which may help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Most importantly of all, it’s great fun – you can almost feel endorphins releasing – and we’ve yet to see anyone who finishes a jumping routine without a smile on their face!
Jumping is only one aspect of our Down Stretch Program – we’ll be taking a closer look at other elements of the program in coming weeks.
If you’d like to experience the joy of Jumping in our Down Stretch Program, you can reserve your place below!