When I first heard about Plyometric exercise, I became curious and wanted to know more about it and this is what I have learned. It is a muscle power increasing technique originally developed for competitive athletes. It involves dynamic resistance routines to strengthen the muscles by means of jumping and hopping hence the other known name for Plyometrics – Jump Training. I personally enjoy how the movements are very similar to the movements engaged in tennis, football, skiing and other similar sports that involved a lot of leg muscles. I can guarantee that the benefit is explosive lower body power and I engaged in it to know if it can also effectively help lose weight.
The main idea behind Plyometric exercise is to subject the body in two ways: first, the eccentric phase – the stretching of the muscles in a rapid manner; second is the concentric phase – the speedy shortening of the muscles. The results include:
- Strengthened muscles that help boost vertical jumps.
- Lessened risks of joint impacts through reduced force.
- Improved muscular contraction power with strengthened myotactic reflex.
The more I did Plyometric exercises, the more I learned that different muscle groups are also stimulated so I continued and saw how fat loss is improved at the same time. With Plyometrics, my performance became better so did my strength and endurance, coordination and agility. And with all of these working together, can fat transformation into lean muscle be far behind? My answer is the same as yours! As an added bonus, because of the ignited caloric burn, the perked up heart rate is another benefit to enjoy.
Spice Up Your Workout
I know how you feel when it seems you have hit a plateau in your workout. But think of the different kinds of jumps there are in Plyometrics: straddle, sumo, squat, lunge, hop over, hopscotch, skater and plank lifts – all these could help spice things up. Practice caution though because these are very high impact exercises but trust that whether you want strength, general fitness or weight loss, this program can help you achieve them.
Doing the workout up to 5 times a week can help you trim inches off your belly and hips in about a month. You will observe how your muscles, nerves and tendons are challenged but you’ll be amazed at how fun it can be. Best of all, all you need is to jump and something to jump on. No fancy equipments needed. So go ahead. Jump for Plyometrics joy and lose that weight.
Below is one plyometric exercise called “The Skater.” It’s a great way to strengthen your body and burn fat at the same time. For more exercise videos like this, go to: http://workoutsondemand.com