Build Balance with this No-Equipment Workout
  • June 5, 2014
  • You’ve probably never walked into the gym and said, “I can’t wait to show off my balance at the beach,” but balance will help you at those clutch moments, namely avoiding injury in every day life and as you rack up the miles training for race-day.

    News flash: Running is a series of single-leg balances.

    Bad balance? This can lead to bad running form and, potentially, injury. So how should you train for that one-legged activity? Isolate one leg at a time. Read more about single-leg balance and how it impacts your running on Competitor.

    To pump up your balance during your cross-training or if you seek a no-quipment workout, do this series 2-3 times, whatever your schedule allows.

    There is a Tabata interval in this series meant to help you burn some calories. Tabatas are :20 of all-out work followed by :10 of rest, repeated eight times total. Use a Tabata timer (like this) to help you keep track of those rounds.


    Warrior 3 to knee lift:

    Lunge jumps:

    Side plank with a leg lift:

    Sumo squat with alternating leg lifts:

    Plank with toe lifts:

    (Disclaimer: This workout is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor is it a replacement for seeking medical treatment or professional nutrition advice. Do not start any nutrition or physical activity program without first consulting your physician.)

    About Jeana Anderson Cohen

    Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. She's also the co-founder and head of strategy of the SweatWorking App. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events, and - on the rare evening off - you may find her using her Personal Training certification to coach group fitness classes across Chicago.