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Working out should be about more than lifting weights and doing some cardio to lose weight and stay in shape. Working out should also improve your mind-body connection to help you move and feel better in every day life.
By improving your mind-body connection, you will be able to more quickly recruit the correct muscles to do work aka lift weights or run. This will help you prevent and alleviate pain and injury as well as react more quickly and be more coordinated.
How then do you improve your mind-body connection when working out?
For one, you make sure you have good form with movements and concentrate on the correct muscles working. (Yes, actually think about whether or not the muscles are working, especially when first doing a movement to make sure they are actually engaging. Don’t just go through the motions.)
Two, you should also include movements that cause you have to work in new and different ways at a quick pace.
And one of the best ways to make you move in every direction quickly to improve your coordination and mind-body connection is with Agility Ladder Drills.
The Agility Ladder is often used with athletes to improve their footwork and agility. But athletes aren’t the only ones that should be using it.
The people that may actually benefit most from Agility Ladder Drills are actually non-athletes looking to improve their mind-body connection and coordination.
However, in order to get the most out of the drills, you can’t simply go through as fast as possible and do the drills haphazardly. You must focus on getting the movements down perfectly and then do them as fast as possible.
By learning the new drills and doing them correctly as fast as possible, you will improve your mind-body connection and therefore also improve your coordination.
Check out the Agility Ladder Drills in the video below for some great variations. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced exerciser, you can benefit from these drills!
Agility Ladder Drills
The 30 Agility Ladder Drills are organized by difficulty although you may find that certain drills are more complicated for you because they are new and different. Make sure to learn the steps before doing them faster. It is important to do them properly to improve your coordination and mind-body connection.
If you just do anything but move quickly, your body won’t make new connections and learn a new movement.
You can use these drills as part of your speed, agility and quickness workout or you can use them as part of your warm up. They are a great way to get the blood pumping and everything warmed up and working together.
Below is a list of the Agility Ladder Drills we cover.
Two Foot Run (Basic run, single foot in each box and two feet in each box run)
Lateral Single Leg Hops
Single Leg Forward Hops
Two -Foot Lateral Run
Lateral In, In, Out, Out
Two-Foot Lateral Hops In and Out
High Knee Run
Straddle Squat Hops
Two-Foot Lateral Hop
180 Degree Rotations
Jumping Jack Variations (different arm movements)
In, In, Out ,Out
Icky Shuffle Variation
2 In, 2 Out Weaving
Forward, Backward Hops
Backward Cross in Front
Two Forward, One Back
Single, Double Rotations
More Great Moves
For some more great moves, check out these other videos:
- 11 Ladder SAQ Drills to Master by SKLZ
- Upper Body Agility Ladder Drills (not the highest quality video but some great moves!)
Agility Ladder Drill Workouts
And for some great workouts using the Agility Ladder, check these out:
- Better Balance and Coordination Workout
- Improve Your Coordination Workout (Elite Workout Library)
- Active Recovery Day Workout (Elite Workout Library)
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