With about 3 weeks to go until I start training for my next half marathon, I’ve decided to take a little bit of a break from running. WHAT?! Blasphemy, you say! Don’t worry – I won’t stop running, but I’m just going to not worry about a training plan and run when I feel like running. I also plan on using these 3 weeks to get some other workouts in. I’ll be taking more spinning classes, doing more weight training, and adding some plyometrics into my routine. Plyo’s are made up of quick, powerful movements which improves the efficiency of the muscles and improves strength and balance. It’s all about keeping the body moving and guessing by using only your body weight. I definitely notice an improvement in my running when I add some plyo moves 1 -2 times a week.
Since we work Summer hours now, I get to leave work at 2:00 on Fridays. Leaving early=quality gym time! While I was at the gym on Friday, I made up this quick plyometric workout to not only get you familiar with plyo’s, but it’s fast too. You can finish the workout in 6 – 9 minutes!
Obviously I was a sweaty mess afterward! Those jump squats killed me, but I love them! You can also change up the duration as you wish. This workout is really meant when you don’t have much time on your hands. Plus, the lack of rest really gets the heart pumping.
Readers: What are some of your favorite cross training exercises? Do you incorporate plyometrics into your workout? Any fun new workouts? Share!