The cold weather has finally hit Houston! To warm-up for martial arts class, the Penguins and Explorers did a set of 5’s: 5 jumping jacks, 5 push-ups, 5 crunches, and 5 lunges. Then the set repeats for 4, 3, 2, and 1 of each exercise. Through this set, students worked on counting backward, sequencing movements of what comes next, and to remember to stop at the specific number. (During the Penguins class, I repeated 3 twice because I lost track and they corrected me. Oops!)
In addition, we did a total of 15 of each exercise without acknowledging that we did 15. Students were focused on the 5 or 4 that we were doing at that time instead of thinking of a larger number. This set of 5 helped students break up the large task of doing 15 of each exercise into smaller chunks. During other class time, we do 12 or 16 crunches and students stated that they didn’t think they could do that many or not want to do any past 10. During the set of 5’s, there were no complaints of not being able to make it or wanting to do that many. It is easier to break up the hard work and more motivating to think of it in smaller sections. Because we kept a steady pace and moved through each of the exercises, we were warm and a bit sweaty after our entire set.
The Penguins and Explorers are stronger, more coordinated, and have more balance. I am proud of their development over these past three months. Watch out for these emerging martial artists!