As someone who’s competed in races lasting more than six hours, I tend to think I can handle just about anything for just a few minutes. And normally, that’s pretty true, but at times, it’s more difficult — and that was the case the day I was introduced to the Bring Sally Up Challenge.
I had attended my first boxing circuit workout in … well, a lot of years, and really dug it. At the very end, the coach had us all get on the ground as he reached for the music, and of course, I was thinking, “Woot! Cool down time!” But when every single other person in the room groaned in unison, I realized we probably weren’t done just yet. As it turned out, we had about three and a half more minutes of work to do in the form of double straight leg raises. (Not sure what that is? Visual below the video!)
Bring Sally up: Lift your feet up to 90 degrees, keeping your legs straight.
And bring Sally down: With straight legs, lower your feet until your heels are hovering just above the ground.
Lift and squat, gotta tear the ground: Lift those legs back up and hold until the next line of the song.
I learned, after the fact, that this is a pretty common song, and that lots of gyms do different moves to it, which got me thinking that it’s really a great song to have ready to go whenever you’d like to get your strength work on but only have about five minutes! Obviously, I dug the double straight leg raises, but a few other excellent ideas are:
- Lunges (walking or switch legs halfway through the song)
- Overhead press
- V-ups (OMG, if you can make it the whole way through the song doing this, you are my new religion — and make sure you do this on a good cushy yoga mat like this one!)
What move would you most love-hate to do to this song? —Kristen