Exercise & Fitness

Workout of the Week: The Leg Matrix from The Fit Pit

These exercises from Fit Pit KC are designed for maximum challenge in minimal time and space.

For these moves all you need to do is remember the number 24 and clear a small space, whether it be in the park, at home, or in your hotel room. Welcome to “The Leg Matrix.”

24 Air Squats: Start with your feet shoulder width apart, eyes straight ahead and arms extended in front of your body. Squat down slowly, making sure to keep your weight in your heels as well as your chest up and straightened. Always be sure to stand all the way up for a complete squat. Repeat 24 times.

24 Lunges: Do a classic lunge with your hands on your hips and your chest up. Make sure that your lunging knee doesn’t travel in front of your toes, as this will help protect the knee from injury. It is important to remember that 1 left lunge and 1 right lunge makes for one complete rep. Repeat 24 times.

24 Jumping Lunges: Similar to the classic lunge, keep your hands on your hips. When switching the forward foot, jump into the next lunge rather than stepping, to increase your cardio impact. Again, 1 left lunge and 1 right lunge makes for one complete rep. Repeat 24 times. For beginners, or those with knee issues, jumping is not advised; try side lunges for an equal impact.

24 Jump Squats: Similar to how the workout began, squat toward the ground (touching the ground if you can). Instead of standing up, jump as high as you can while extending your hands overhead, keeping your chest and eyes up. This targets the lower body and provides a cardio challenge. Repeat 24 times.

Beginners can break up the sets if necessary, but continue working toward unbroken sets of 24 for each movement.

“The Leg Matrix” workout was designed by Sheryl Hammontree at The Fit Pit, which provides personal training in a group setting with an emphasis on individualized attention. For more information visit www.fitpitkc.com, or check out their studio in Merriam.