Fresh Start to Fitness: Exercises to Increase Your Speed & Agility

Fresh Start 2 Fitness - Increasing Speed and Agility

(KUTV) Agility drills are important for improving the mind-body connection and coordination whether you are someone who enjoys being active or an elite athlete, says Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute exercise specialist Jeffrey Beck. The good news is anyone can do them.

Beck recommends completing the following cone speed and agility drill routine from the comfort of your own home a few times per week to burn calories and become nimble on your feet.

1) Side Shuffles: Start on the right side of the cones. Step between the first two cones with your left foot, bringing your right foot to meet it. Step out onto the left side of the cones with your left foot and repeat on the other side between the next two cones until you have gone between all of the cones. Now turn around and go back. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete 2-3 sets.

2) Six Cone Shuffle: Stand on either side of all the cones. Quickly side shuffle to the end of the cones and then shuffle back, touching the end cone. Shuffle to the end and then back, touching the second to the end cone. Continue doing this until all cones have been touched. Rest for 30 seconds and then repeat. Do 2-3 sets.

3) Straddle Squat Hops: Start at the beginning of the line of cones. Hop in the air while simultaneously widening your legs so you are straddling the cone. Hop your feet back together as you land between the cones. Continue hopping until you have gone to the end, then turn around and come back. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete 2-3 sets.