What are plyometrics? They are the kinds of exercise that you do without the use of machines or even weights. Funny way our world has grown these days, with people getting fatter and generally just being out of shape, even though weights and machines, and gyms and training studios are making a killing lately on the financial front. Naaa, plyometrics are an effective method of exercise and an advanced training technique aimed at linking strength with speed of movement to produce power.
What plyometrics do you need to build your muscles? You want to be looking at the simple basics – pushups, sit-ups, squats, running, frog jumps, swimming, and skipping. Between he lot of them, these programs do it all, because they epitomize in combination what might be considered the conceptual mathematic equation that makes plyometrics an amalgam of strength and velocity to produce power.
To keep it very simple and short, you need to start your strength training by plyometrics from as little as you can do. There are people who are great enough to start from a hundred pushups already, while others can manage no more than a dozen at a stretch. You don’t need to be intimidated by this because it is where you are headed that matters. Start small and add a few reps each day you are on the program.
With the pushups, you get to work on building and toning the muscles of your arms (biceps and triceps), your shoulders, chest, and back – pretty much like pushing the bar bell, only better because you are actually working your muscles more, not straining. With the sit-ups, you are working mainly on your abs, although your back and thighs are also involved. For the thighs and calves, the squats and frog jumps do wonders, while skipping is also great for your calves as well.
The skipping, however, coupled with the swimming and running work the best for you because they involve literally every muscle in the body, burning fat and building muscle in the process. Again, you don’t have to start hard or fast – in order to build muscle, you must do it slow, steady, and gradual, until you get to the place that you hope to be at.