The best workouts not only push your body out of its comfort zone, they also challenge your brain. Nothing does that better than agility training. These high-intensity workouts involve learning, concentration, balance and coordination that work wonders to bring the mind to the point. (See also: The Amazing Ways the Exercise Enforces Your Brain Performance)
The trainer Massy Arias is the queen of all things. (This is one of the many reasons she's an epic source of life and exercise motivation.) If you follow her on Instagram, you know that most of her workouts are far too intimidating for the average person. Recently, however, she shared a speed ladder training that is quite feasible. A fair warning though: it could hurt your brain if you just watch. Not only does she show some fantastic footwork and plyometric moves as she moves through the ladder, she also finishes several laps with a box jump, a jump over the box and
when it comes to fasting – Paced workouts like this one, you must keep your mind a step ahead to position your body appropriately. "The Speed-Ladder is all about practicing and getting this brain to remember these patterns," Arias explained in her caption with the video. "Start slowly and when you feel better, go for speed." (See also: Massy Arias Explains Number One Things People Make Wrong When Defining Fitness Goals)
Believe it or not, research shows that neuromuscular training can actually help you in other aspects of life – whether it's better to think about catching your feet or your cell phone before it touches the ground. In a study conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory, military personnel who had been doing mobility training for six weeks improved their memories and ability to concentrate. (You can get similar benefits from these agility taper drills that boost your speed and calorie burning.)
So, if you're looking for a break from your normal running routine, improve your footwork or supplement your current cardio Keyword of Arias and sprinkle these agility exercises wherever you can. At least they have to spice things up in the gym – and feel like a serious athlete.