My Favorite Explosive Strength Training Exercise: Plyometric Pushups

Plyometric exercises are used by top athletes to develop explosive power. Basically, combining speed and strength gives you power. Isometric exercises are geared towards developing incredible power by enhancing  “explosive” reactions via quick and powerful muscular contractions, usually done by some sort of jumping movement. Watch these plyometric exercise videos… better yet, do 15 plyometric push ups right NOW and see how you feel!

And if you’re still up to it, check out this video on plyometrics for combat conditioning, and for all you ninja’s out there, here’s a fun lower body plyometrics workout for ninja training. And check out these posts to learn how to overhaul your “regular” strength training routine with isometric exercises.


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  1. LSD and no, not the drug! LSD stands for Long Slow Distance training and it the method that most exercisers fall into when they embark on a cardio training programme. LSD training is exactly as it sounds – performed at a relatively slow pace for extended periods of time. LSD training builds base level aerobic fitness and conditions the body for extended workouts. LSD is performed at around 60% of MHR or around RPE level 5 and may possibly be performed for as long as an hour or far more. LSD training has the advantage of not being overly exhausting but on the down side requires a greater time commitment compared to some other methods we’ll discuss later. LSD is a vital component of training for marathon running and lengthy distance cycling but although a necessary part of endurance athletes training, several fitness enthusiasts use LSD for weight management inside the hope that it will result in substantial amounts of fat loss.

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