Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Today's AWESOME Plyometrics & Olympic Lift workout

MAN O'MAN O'MAN!!! Today's workout was KILLER and something to write home about thus the reason why I'm blogging about it to you guys LOLOLOL!! Since I have an athletic background I love those off the wall functional fitness workouts and that's why I loved what I did today. I know you're gonna think I'm totally crazy but I was so anxious and excited about today's workout I couldn't wait to get to the gym and get my Plyometric and Olympic lift circuit ON & POPPING!!!
As defined by Wikipedia . . . Plyometrics is a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, generally for the purpose of improving performance in sports. Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal. Plyometrics is used to increase the speed or force of muscular contractions, providing explosiveness for a variety of sport-specific activities.

But PLEASE understand these types of exercises are not just for past & present athletes these types of exercises help EVERYONE. Anyone can do machines all the time or cardio all the time and possibly go from an apple to a cherry. I mean if you look to your left you see virtually the same shape just a different size. NO, NO, NO, NO NO . . .That's not what we're going for. . . WE WANT TO CHANGE THE BODY! As I was once told you can either carve a block of granite with a spoon or a jack hammer. Now eventually we'll get to the same result but obviously one will take longer than the other so we're trying to use these types of exercises and go from overweight Star Jones to Angela Basset or Madonna.

Now Olympic style lifts are pretty standard and don't really change much or have a lot of variations but when it comes to Plyometrics the sky is the limit. You can do so many different Plyometric moves in so many different ways its almost unimaginable. Click here to read over a sampling of different plyometric & olympic lift exercises and still this doesn't scratch the surface LOLOL. So what did I do today you ask . . . well here goes. I superset (Two different physical exercises performed back-to-back, without a period of rest between them) my exercises 

10min warmup - Arc Trainer
  • Plie Squats 3 x 15 @ 50lbs
  • Layup Hops 3 x 20 (for this one I'll have to take a video for you)
  • 1 Legged Squats off bench x 10 each side
  • Toe taps (I'll hafta video tap this exercise too b/c I can't find a picture for you anywhere)
Now after all of that I'm going to eat some grilled chicken & TONS of green beans then do some abs before I finally climb in the bed. So that was it for the night and if you have any questions you know how to get me