My Love Hate Relationship With Plyometrics

Uggh, the first thought that comes to mind when you say “burpee”.

If you ask “The Ripped Dude”, Obi Obadike, why you should include plyometrics into your workouts he’ll tell you that the combination of muscle groups used helps develop coordination, balance, and endurance. They also keeps your body guessing and strengthens fast-twitch muscle fibers. In my experience, doing plyometrics for 15 minutes does a better job of keeping your heart rate up than running on the treadmill for an hour.

Let me count the ways I love thee…

  • Plyometrics are great for people with a short attention span…squirrel!
  • There are countless combinations and variations for all ability levels
  • You can perform most of them without any equipment
  • They make you feel like even “white girls can jump”
  • You begin to see immediate results in strength and endurance
  • They make you feel like a 3rd grader again playing hopscotch of death
  • You feel like you ran a marathon in 15 minutes

Let me tell you why I HATE plyometrics

  • They make you look like a fish out of water, flopping around gasping for breath
  • You get up close and personal with the ground, sometimes at a high speed
  • You find it very difficult to peel yourself off the ground once you’ve encountered it
  • You feel like maybe “white girls can’t jump” afterall
  • You feel like you ran a marathon in 15 minutes

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt

Here’s a short video on the 44 best Plyometric moves

Give some of these exercises a try during your next workout, and see if you don’t really like the results.

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