Join Ashley Marriott for an exercise that utilizes cardio by strengthening your upper and lower body through movement, strengthening and sculpting the shoulders, thighs, and butt.
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Hey I’m Ashley from Santa Cruz, California and we’re going to be doing some jumping jacks with squats. I love these and these are the perfect exercise for you if you really want to take that regular jumping jack to the next level. It’s not a great exercise for you if you have any knee or lower back problems. Again, I want to modify it and do it without the impact. It’s hard work, a jack with a plyometric squat, it’s something you only want to do two or three times a week, your knees don’t love you for it if you do it more. Let’s start in a low ski stance. So you’re thinking about the heels being grounded into the floor, imagine you have ski poles right at your sides. You’re going to jump out into a squat and wrap right back in, 10 seconds of it, let’s go. [Demonstration] Okay -- it with me, we’re going back up. [Demonstration] When you’re in an exercise that’s challenging, if you can think about a place where it would be functional like “Oh I like to ski, this is that feeling, my legs are getting stronger,” it will help push you and it will also help take your mind out of “oh my God how many more are we doing, this one is crazy.” It will make you kind of visualize something better. [Demonstration] Great work. Do that four more times. I’m going to go get some water.

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