Military Muscle: Improve your balance with these agility ladder drills

This week in Military Muscle, columnist Bob Thomas writes about drills that’ll help you develop better balance and quicker feet. Bob says:

Few pieces of fitness equipment can be used immediately by anyone who walks through the door.

But one thing can be used by the young or old, for sport-specific or general purposes, whether they’re fully functional or regaining functionality. It can be used to improve balance or to go to the next competitive level — even to sharpen your dance rhythm.

It’s called the agility ladder.

You can buy one for less than $50 from any general fitness company or make your own with two diameters of rope or cord.

Read the rest of Bob’s column, and get the full workout, here.

Demonstrating this week’s workout is  Marine Capt. AJ Cillo. Cillo, 27, is a ground supply officer and an ultrarunner. Last month, agility and quick feet helped him finish the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100-miler in 25 hours, 23 minutes for 20th overall.  (Photo by Mike Morones, photo illustration by John Harman)

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Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .

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