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Zig Zag Drill

More than ever, it’s important to have a strong cardio-pulmonary (heart & lung) system—one that increases lung capacity to pump blood throughout the body, while increasing the fatigue threshold.

Since early March, when people have restricted their activities to the proximity within their living areas, I’ve focused on providing Fitness in Small Spaces activities—with cardio-pulmonary improvement—as the objective. With people now gaining more access to outdoor activities, the appropriate social distancing rules still apply.

The cardio fit drills, which I have provided, represent change-of-direction (COD) movements in as little as a 5 to 10-yard area. I’ve used them over my 45 years in pro sports to improve acceleration/deceleration (stop, change direction & go) capabilities, quickness, and over all cardio fitness in my world class athletes.

Zig-Zag Drill:

This drill is a Weave in/out-type drill, where four markers are placed in a straight line 3-yards apart. In between each market, place another marker 3-yards to the left. Sprint to the first marker, then side-shuffle to the marker to the left—leading with the left leg. Side-shuffle to the center maker- leading with the right leg. Repeat to the finish.

Either turn around and repeat back to the start. Or, walk back to the start and repeat, as before.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

Mackie and April share exercises every Wednesday on WWL-TV