Stand with both feet together and hop to the left as far as you can, then immediately repeat back to the right.
Continue hopping back and forth for a set number of repetitions or a set time period. Hopping laterally and back is one repetition.
Lateral Hops are a functional plyometric training tool that targets the butt, calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and hip flexors. They build strength and stability throughout the ankle complex, knee and hip joint. This is a must-have drill for anyone involved in sports as it helps protect the ankles and knees by improving the bodyâ€™s ability to regain and maintain balance. These also increase the speed in which an athlete can change directions while in motion. This is a particularly good conditioning workout for soccer, football, basketball, rugby, lacrosse, and field hockey. For more of a challenge do the Single Leg version.