If you want to build your best body, add plyometrics to your routine.
The explosive power movements can put you on the fast track to a better-performing, more athletic-looking body, says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S. author of The IMPACT! Body Plan.
That’s because they target your often neglected fast-twitch muscle fibers, the ones designed for all-or-nothing jumps, sprints, and lifts and the ones with the most potential for size and strength gains.
Give it a try with this four-move plyo challenge from Durkin. It’ll be a lot more fun—and a lot more difficult—than grinding out sets of 10 to 12 reps at a steady, deliberate speed.
Here’s how it works: Grab a stop watch and perform the following four exercises back-to-back with no rest:
10 squat jumps
20 split squat jumps
30 cross-body mountain climbers
40 rope jumps
(Plyometrics can be tough on your joints, so make sure you land softly and under control with every rep.) That’s 1 round. Repeat two more times.
Can you beat Durkin’s time of 3 minutes and 22 seconds? Try it!
By: Kelsey Cannon