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Plyometrics: How to Burn Excess Fat While Doing Absolutely Nothing

PlyometricsYou have probably heard of plyometrics and think that they’re special workouts designed for athletes and hardcore gym rats. What you probably don’t know is that plyometrics is almost for everyone — well, not everyone, but pretty much generally healthy individuals.

According to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, plyometrics could help you shed excess weight, jump higher, run faster, and improve your overall athleticism when performed properly.

What exactly is Plyometrics?

Plyometrics include all sorts of jumping exercises where the muscles exert maximum force in extremely short bursts of time and are followed immediately by contraction at a quick pace. Take a squat jump, for instance, once you stop going down into a squat and begin positioning your legs to jump up, that’s known as the amortization stage.

True plyometric exercises shorten this stage as much as possible. The moment you finish performing the exercise and when your hands or feet hit the ground, you should go back up to the explosive stage. Plyometric exercises virtually work the entire body when done correctly instead of isolating specific muscles.

What makes it so special in losing excess fat?

Plyometrics involve high-intensity work. It aids with excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC for hours, or even days. The average male could stay in EPOC for 32 up to 42 hours, while the average female could stay in EPOC as much as 16 hours.

If you do plyo exercises at the right intensity even for only 10 minutes, your body would continue to burn calories even when you’re doing nothing. The same principle applies to strength training exercises and HIIT workouts.

A word of caution

While plyometrics could be great for everyone, you need make certain that you’re generally healthy. Personal trainers from MUV Fitness, a popular gym in Spokane, WA warns to consult your doctor if you’re planning to do more intense plyo exercises, especially if you’re older and have a heart, joint, or bone issue.

It’s also not advisable to do it every day if you’re just starting out. You should likewise consider pairing plyo moves with isometrics, calisthenics, or weight lifting for a more balanced workout.

If you’re serious about doing plyometrics, speak with your trainer as they could recommend a suitable starter regimen that fits your training experience, capacity, and needs.