We all have a sense of adventure. It could be traveling to obscure places, extreme fitness in dangerous terrain, tempting fate with wild animals... or all of the above.
The safest way to fill a few of those adventurous desires are to incorporate them into a challenging exercise.
Our move today is an alligator drag. All you need is two paper plates (no alligators).
And the best part about this exercise is that we will be working nearly every muscle group in our body.
Begin this move by positioning on the floor on all fours. Holding the weight of your upper body on both arms, extended into a planking or push-up position, place the paper plates under each foot (ball of the foot) and extend both legs straight back by using the plates to slide them.
You are in a plank position, with your paper plates adjusted under both feet. Your chest should be tall and strong, your core engaged, and both legs engaged as well.
Now, it is time to “drag yourself like an alligator.”
Begin walking forward with your arms. Keeping the weight of your lower body only on your toes, you will be using only the arms to get your body moving. This may be awkward at first, and you may be able to go only a short distance, but even a few inches are progress.
Shoot for a certain distance, or for at least a certain count of steps with your hands. Take a small breather, shake your arms out and continue back in the other direction.
If it becomes too difficult to keep your body supported only on your toes, drop to your knees, and place the plates underneath them. Using the same concept, this takes some of the added pressure off of your upper body.
This alligator drag may not be your day-to-day go-to exercise but it is a great way to challenge your friends, and bring a little adventure to your fitness.
Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at email@example.com.