The actress shared a total-body strength and plyo workout on Instagram.
On Wednesday, Gabrielle Union posted a revealing look at her workout routine on her Instagram story—and let's start by saying the Being Mary Jane actress knows how to Bring It On.
Union hit up DBC Fitness in Miami where she went through a total-body circuit of strength and plyo exercises. She included modest captions on the clips like "mechanics aren't quite there" and "still trying to improve," but don't be fooled—she looked like a badass from start to finish. Keep reading to steal some of her moves. (And take note of her advice on confidence too.)
Step up to a racked barbell. Step feet directly under the barbell and rest the bar across shoulders. Step backward to release the barbell from rack, stopping with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out slightly. Push butt backward while bending knees to squat until thighs are parallel to the floor. Press into the mid-foot to stand, squeezing glutes at the top. (Need a more in-depth explanation? Here's how to master the barbell back squat.)
Box Pistol Squats
Stand with the left foot on a plyo box, right foot hovering off the side of the box, holding a medicine ball to chest. Hinge hips backward and bend left leg, squatting as low as possible while lowering right foot straight down alongside box. Press into left foot and lift chest to return to start. Repeat for desired number of reps, then switch sides.
Dumbell Chest Press
Lie faceup on a workout ball with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Hold dumbbells over chest with elbows bent out to the sides at 90-degree angles, palms facing feet. Press dumbells directly over chest until arms are fully extended. Slowly lower dumbbells to return to start.
Stand facing a plyo box. Explosively jump up and slightly forward, landing with both feet on top of the box. Step backward onto the ground one foot at a time to return to start. (Want more plyo moves? Try this tough plyometric training challenge your legs will love to hate.)
Lateral High Knees
Set up a line of hurdles, each about a foot apart. Start at one end of the line with the left side of the body facing the hurdles. Drive left knee up toward chest, then quickly switch, placing left foot to the left of the first hurdle and driving right knee up toward chest. Repeat, clearing each hurdle with the left foot first, then reverse to move through hurdles in opposite direction. (No hurdles? No worries. You can get a kickass agility workout with cones too.)
Load sled with desired weights (or husband if you're like Kate Upton). Bend knees and grab handles, keeping chest lifted, arms straight, and back flat. Push sled forward to move it across the room.
Mid Cable Rotations
Clip a single handle attachment onto a cable machine and adjust pulley just below chest height. Stand with the right side of the body facing the machine and feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Holding the handle in both hands, extend arms toward the machine, torso rotated to the right. Keeping arms straight, use core muscles to rotate torso 180 degrees to the left until arms are extended away from the machine. Slowly rotate torso to right to return to start. Repeat for desired number of reps, then switch sides.