Another great plyometric exercise is Horizontal or Broad Jumps. As you know plyometrics involve an all-out effort and help you get fitter and leaner.
Plyometrics have numerous advantages. They help you become more athletic, build more muscle, burn more fat, increase your stability and even your bone density. Plus, they are highly versatile – you can perform plyometrics anywhere and at any time, and there is no equipment needed.
Horizontal jumps can improve greatly your lower body power.
How to Perform Broad Jumps
- Stand feet shoulder-width apart with knees slightly bent.
- Squat down with proper posture (learn how to squat properly), throwing the arms back. This stretched position gives you a rubber band effect, helping you spring forward with the maximal amount of force.
- Proceed to propel your body through the air as you fully extend the hip, knee, and ankle joints while simultaneously throwing your arms forward to help you move forward.
- At the end of the jump, flex the hips, knees, and ankle joints while trying to land softly in a balanced position.
Concentrate on perfecting the movement. Repeat with full exertion on every repetition. Later on, you can even add resistance to the jump to gain more power on your legs to improve your performance of other leg exercises and your running.
Do you want to perform a workout just doing plyometrics? Incorporate some of the following plyometric exercises: squat jumps, reverse lunge with knee hops, plyo lunges, start jumps, kneeling jump squats, plyo spider lunges, plyo pushups, tuck jumps, & single-leg deadlift jumps.
VIDEO: Horizontal Jumps
Remember, whether you want to lose weight, tone your body, gain strength or size, all muscles must be trained.
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