This exercise provided courtesy of Billy Polson, founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body training gym, voted best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006.
Develop speed, strength, and coordination with single-line hops, a simple exercise you can do just about anywhere.
Using cables, string, or anything else you have handy, create a straight line on the floor. Stand on one side of the line with your body perpendicular to the line (see Photo 1).
- From the starting position, stand on one foot and begin to hop back and forth across the line, staying as close as possible to the line as you hop. Hop as fast as you can while maintaining your balance and form (see Photos 2 and 3).
- Hop back and forth on that foot for 30 seconds, and then immediately switch feet and do another 30 seconds of single-line hopping on your other foot (see Photo 4).