Animated Plyometric Exercise


I found these animations on line.  Check them out!

Lower Body Plyometric Exercises (Low Intensity)

Squat jumpSquat Jumps
1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, trunk flexed forward slightly with back straight in a neutral position.
2. Arms should be in the ready” position with elbows flexed at approximately 90.
3. Lower body where thighs are parallel to ground and immediately explode upwards vertically and drive arms up. Do not hold a squat position before jumping up keep the time between dipping down and jumping up to a minimum.
4. Land on both feet. Rest for 1-2 seconds and repeat
Prior to takeoff extend the ankles to their maximum range (full plantar flexion) to ensure proper mechanics.

Jump to boxJump to Box
1.Stand facing box with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.
2.Lower body into a semi-squat position and immediately jump up onto box. Do not hold a squat position before jumping up keep the time between dipping down and jumping up to a minimum.
3. Feet should land softly on box. Step back down (not jump back down) and repeat.

Lateral jump to boxLateral Jump to Box
1. Stand side on to box with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.
2. Lower body into a semi-squat position and jump up onto box. Do not hold a squat position before jumping up keep the time between dipping down and jumping up to a minimum.
3. Feet should land softly on box. Step back down (not jump back down) and repeat.


Lower Body Plyometric Exercises (Moderate Intensity)

Split squatsSplit Squat Jumps
1. Stand with feet hip width apart. Take left leg and step back approximately 2 feet standing on the ball of back foot.
2. Feet should be positioned at a staggered stance with head and back erect and straight in a neutral position.
3. Lower body by bending at right hip and knee until thigh is parallel to floor then immediately explode vertically.
4. Switch feet in the air so that the back foot lands forward and vice versa.
Prior to takeoff extend the ankles to their maximum range (full plantar flexion) ensure proper mechanics.

Tuck jumpsTuck Jumps
1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, with arms at sides.
2. Jump up bringing knees up to chest.
3. Land on balls of feet and repeat immediately.
4. Remember to reduce ground contact time by landing soft on feet and springing into air.

Lateral box push offsLateral Box Push Offs
1. Stand to side of box and place the left foot on top of box.
2. Push off the box using the left leg only and explode vertically as high as possible. Drive the arms forward and up for maximum height.
3. Land with right foot on the box and left foot on the ground to the other side of the box.
4. Repeat from this side.

BoundingBounding
1. Jog into the start of the drill for forward momentum.
2. After a few feet, forcefully push off with the left foot and bring the leg forward. At same time drive your right arm forward.
3. Repeat with other leg and arm
4. This exercise is an exaggerated running motion focusing on foot push-off and air time.

Bounding with ringsBounding with Rings
1. Jog into the start of the drill for forward momentum.
2. After a few feet, forcefully push off with the left foot and bring the right leg forward. At same time swing left arm forward and land into the first ring, which is 3-4 feet out and to the left, with the right foot.
3. Continue and repeat with other leg and arm into the second ring, which is now 3-4 feet up and to the right.
4. This exercise is an exaggerated running motion focusing on foot push-off and air time.

Box drill with ringsBox Drill with Rings
1. Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart with your body facing the first ring.
2. Hop forward using both feet and land in first ring.
3. Now hop to the left and land in the ring to the side. Now jump backwards to land in ring behind you. Finish by jumping to your right to land in final ring.
4. Rest and repeat. Remember to keep ground contact time between bounds to a minimum.Hurdle Jumps

Lateral hurdle jumpsLateral Hurdle Jumps
1. Stand beside object to be cleared.
2. Bring knees up and jump vertically but also laterally off ground and over the barrier.
3. Land on both feet and immediately jump the other direction over barrier.
4. Try not to pause between jumps or sink down into a squat position.


Lower Body Plyometric Exercises (High Intensity)

Zigzag hopsZigzag Hops
1. Stand to the left of an agility ladder or similar object approximately 1-2 feet away.
2. Forcefully push off both feet and land the on the other side of the ladder.
3. Repeat and land feet back on the other side, continue repeating and so on down the ladder.4. Do not “double hop” upon each landing and keep ground contact time to a minimum.

Single Leg Tuck Jump
This is the same as the tuck jump exercise above only one leg is used. Upon landing another jump is performed immediately with minimal ground contact time and with the same leg for the desired number of repetitions. This is repeated for the other leg after a rest period. Single leg plyometric exercises are typically more advanced and require greater strength and balance. They are suitable for sports were a takeoff is completed on one leg.

Single leg lateral hopsSingle Leg Lateral Hops
1. Start by standing on one leg with your hands on your waist or at your sides.
2. Proceed to hop to the side while maintaining your balance and hop back to the starting position.
3. You can place a rope on the ground or any object on the ground. The object can be small in size and height or large to increase difficulty.
4. Repeat continuously.

Depth jumpsDepth Jumps
1. Stand on box with toes close to edge, feet shoulder width apart.
2. Step off (do not jump off) box and land on both feet. Immediately jump up as high as possible and reach up with both hands towards. The jump should be vertical with no horizontal movement.
4. Ground contact time should be short unlike in the diagram. Landing should be soft.Note: Start with a box height of 30cm (12in). Intensity can be increased by gradually increasing the box height to a maximum of 107cm (42in) but this is only for experienced athletes with a substantial strength training background.

xoxo

kristie Manning

Work Out 2: Legs


Instead of 1 hour of cardio, I did 20 minutes of intense level 10 cardio

I did a few yoga stretches for 5 minutes and stretched my legs really good

I just changed back to a pyramids routine (starting light and adding more weight each set.) So, I am experimenting with weights and seeing how much I can do and how much is too easy.  Some exercises I stay at one weight, and some exercises I do more sets than what is necessary.  What is a burn out at the end of my heaviest weight?  After your last lift, drop it down to a very light weight and do as many lifts as you can until you are sore and tight.  This burn out will maximize your muscle fail.  My next leg workout will begin to be more  consistent than this one. 

Squats

20 reps bar
15 reps 5 lbs plates
12 reps 10 lbs plates
10 reps 25 lbs plates
8 repts 35 lb plates
burn out bar

Next time I will try, 20:bar, 15:10 lbs 12: 15 lbs 10: 25 lbs 8: 35 lbs 6: 40/45 lbs (with a spot), burn out bar

Leg Press

20 reps 80 lbs
15 reps 100 lbs
12 reps at 120 lbs
10 reps at 140 lbs
10 reps at 160 lbs
8 reps at 180 lbs
6 reps at 200 lbs
burn out at 100 lbs

next time I will aim to do 20 at 140, 15 at 160, 12 at 180, 10 at 200, 8 at 220, 6 at 240 burn out at 120/140

Leg Curl and Leg Extension Circuit (Hams and Quads)

20 at 20 lbs
15 at 30 lbs
12 at 40 lbs
10 at 50 lbs
8 at 60 lbs
6 at 70 lbs
burn at 30 lbs

next time I will aim to do 20 at 30 lbs, 15 at 40 lbs, 12 at 50 lbs, 10 at 60 lbs, 8 at 70 lbs, burn at 30 lbs

Good Mornings
25 lbs free weights
3 sets of 12

next time I will use a bar instead of free weight.  20 at 20 lbs, 15 at 30 lbs, 12 at 40 lbs, 10 at 50 lbs, 8 at 60 lbs, burn out at 20 lbs.

Calf extension
180 lbs
3 sets of 10

next time I will aim for 20 at 120, 15 at 140, 12 at 160, 10 at 180, 8 at 200, burn out at 100/120.  I have really strong calves.

Hip adduction/abduction circuit
3 sets of 20, very slow (4 count)
very light, only 30 lbs

I use to do a lot of these at heavier weights but my legs are pretty big now where I want them to be.  Using heavy weights will make your thighs big.  If this isn’t what you want, which I think most women don’t, then go very light and go slow other ways you are going to end up with thunder thighs. 

I do these lying on the ground.  There aren’t really names for them.  But I lay on my side, and I lift my leg up, press it downwards, and sweep outwards as well.  All 3 exercises without stopping.  By the 2nd set you are burning pretty bad.  Repeat on both sides.
3 sets of 20

I found this picture of the leg sweeps and leg lifts, but the 3rd is pulling your knees upwards towards your chest, then squeezing out pointing your toes back down.

There aren’t really names for these either.  I get on all fours and on my knees and lift one leg.  The second exercise consists of bending at the knee and a higher lift, hitting your glutes.
3 sets of 20

I do this first with a straight leg, then next with a bent leg.  This will burn and slim you up good.

Don’t forget to stretch good. You’re going to be sore.

 

Bikram: Lesson 1


I went to one session of Bikram on Tuesday and I immediately feel lighter.  All the fat that has been growing on my  little love handles, due to bad diet, just melted.  It helps too that I played volleyball for 5 hours yesterday too.  And I’ve been eating light.  Mostly protein bars, yoghurt and fruit.  With 1 good meal a day.  Anyhow, every teacher has a different teaching style, and inform us of different facts throughout the class and each session you learn something new.  So I am starting a new section in my blog: the Bikram Lesson’s section.

LESSON 1:

I learned when certain areas of circulation are cut off in tight poses when you release, the blood flowing circulates problems away.  Scar tissue, and previous injuries and surgeries will heal better.  Bikram has great healing powers.

xoxo

Kristie Manning