I never was involved in sports at the high school level. I didn’t understand what it meant to train for anything. When I finally wanted to get into working out, I had no idea where to begin. I would get on the treadmill or the eliptical and would go for quite a while, but never saw any real results. These days, I know what my body feels like when it’s actually doing work. I can tell when I’m getting my heart rate up and my muscles are starting to burn slightly, that the exercises are actually doing something. With Plyometrics, there will never be any doubt that your body is indeed working and changing for the better.
Plyometrics is also referred to as jump training. It is a series of explosive movements, such as jump squats, which not only gets your heart rate up (and keeps it there) but also builds muscle. These exercises are designed to improve endurance, strength and agility all at the same time.
Plyometrics allows for some serious calorie burning as well. I do the P90x plyometrics video and people have reported burning as many as 895 calories during that one hour video. Granted calories burned will vary depending on each individual’s weight, age and current fitness level. Still, it can’t be denied that you have the potential to get a great workout in a short amount of time. According to Runner’s World, runners who included plyometrics into their workout schedule improved the amount of oxygen they use while running, as well as their overall stride, range of motion and fitness level in just 6 weeks.
Speaking from personal experience, I love this type of workout. I hate spending time at the gym, only to feel like I didn’t do enough or that I wasted my time doing exercises that aren’t effective. With Plyometrics, I never feel cheated out of my time. I get done and I am sweating and exhausted and out of breath, but deep down I feel fantastic.
Just be aware that you may need to adjust exercises if you have knee or joint problems because they are high impact. That doesn’t mean you have to necessarily avoid them like the plague, just make adjustments to fit you needs. And be sure to do the exercises properly and in good form to avoid injury.
Here is a sample Plyometrics workout video
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