I'm so excited about the Amazing Spiderman 2 coming out today! Of course, I'll have to admit---after seeing the first one I wasn't too thrilled with someone other than Tobey McGuire playing Spidey, but you have to admit the Spiderman Previews are pretty badass... So yes, I want to go see this now ;)
And no good superhero is able to be a Superhero without a great workout (although they do have superpowers, so yeah, I guess the whole strength, speed, and agility thing comes quite easily).
Since I promised you 5 moves, we have 3 areas that we want to focus on to get Spiderman-like powers:
1. Strength---Did you see Spidey catch the car on his back in the preview above? Yeah, he needs strength!
2. Speed & Agility---from chasing after bad guys (or leading them away from the innocent people he's trying to protect) to dodging bullets, Spidey has to be agile!
3. Hand/Eye Coordination---from climbing walls to swinging between buildings, Spiderman has to be super coordinated!
the amazing spiderman workout
1. Spidey-Walk/Warm-up: This one's hard to describe so just watch the video ;) I love the video but it is labeled incorrectly---it's more of a walking spiderman lunge/stretch than a plyo move...
2. The Spiderman Pushup: Assume the standard pushup position. As you lower your body toward the floor, lift your right foot off the floor, swing your right leg out sideways, and try to touch your knee to your elbow. Reverse the movement, then push your body back to the starting position. Repeat, but on your next repetition, touch your left knee to your left elbow. Continue to alternate back and forth.
3. Spider-Man Dot Drills: You can create an X or dots as shown in the video and hop back and forth. Have a partner call out forward/back/left/right or just go as fast as you can and change directions as your Spidey-sense tells you!
4. Spiderman Plyometric Squats: Standing in a squat position, feet about shoulder width, reach your right hand down keeping the back flat and touch the ground (if possible), and then explode up turning 180 degrees and touching the ground with the opposite hand. Repeat for 1 minute.
5. Shoulder Tap Pushups: Starting in a high plank, lower your chest to the floor, push yourself back to the top of plank, and then keeping your core tight raise your right hand towards your left shoulder (trying to minimize movement in the body). Lower yourself down into pushup position and repeat with the left hand. Alternate back and forth for one minute.
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